Ed Ou is an Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning visual journalist and documentary filmmaker. He started his career as a teenager, covering the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, and the fall of the Islamic Courts in Mogadishu, Somalia, while he was studying in the Middle East. He first worked for Reuters and the Associated Press, covering a wide range of news stories in the region.
He also worked for The New York Times, covering East Africa and the Middle East during the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. In addition, he covered the legacy of colonialism in Canada, the drug war in the Philippines, the rise of extremism in the United States, and the COVID-19 pandemic for NBC News.
He completed a feature documentary looking at the intersection of American policing and those living with mental illness.
Ou's coverage of the January 6, 2021, Capitol protests in the United States contributed to a Staff Public Service Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post.