Fiona Macleod is editor of Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism. Oxpeckers, the lead partner in this collaborative project is Africa’s first journalistic investigation unit focusing on environmental issues by combining traditional investigative reporting techniques with data analysis and geo-mapping tools.
Macleod is a seasoned investigative environmental journalist who is pioneering the use of new media tools in environmental reportage to expose eco-offences in Southern Africa, and to track offenders around the world.
She won the prestigious SAB EnviroMedia Written Media Award in 2018 for collaborative multimedia journalism projects, and the Print and Online Award in October 2014. Oxpeckers was 2019 Merit Award winner in the Asian Environmental Journalism Awards, 2017 SAB Environmental Journalist of the Year, CNN Multichoice African Environment Journalist of the Year in 2016, and 2016 Journalist of the Year at the China Environmental Press Awards.
Prior to founding Oxpeckers, Macleod worked as an award-winning journalist and editor at a range of the region’s top media. She served as environment editor at the Mail & Guardian newspaper for 10 years, and was awarded the coveted Nick Steele Award recognising her contributions to environmental conservation through her pioneering reportage.