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Ruthie Ackerman

Fellows Fall 2010
Freelance print

Ruthie Ackerman is a New York-based journalist focusing on women and politics. She has special expertise on citizen media, refugee issues, and post-conflict environments, and is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute. She is the founder of Ceasefire Liberia, a blog project for Liberian youth with the mission of promoting citizen journalism and creating a dialogue between Liberians around the world. She was the recipient of a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting fellowship in 2007 for which she wrote a series of stories and produced and directed a short documentary on the rehabilitation of Liberian youth that premiered on “Foreign Exchange.” Her work has been featured in Salon, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, The Nation, The New York Times, World Policy Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Forbes, Fast Company, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Hartford Courant, Women's Media Center, and many more publications.


  • Domestic Workers in a Foreign Land

    Ruthie Ackerman reported from Lebonon as a 2010 IRP Fellow. In this video, Ackerman speaks about foreign workers engaged in domestic labor--as cooks, nannies, maids, and all of the above--in Lebanon. Video by...

  • Building History in Post-War Lebanon

    Ruthie Ackerman reported from Lebonon as a 2010 IRP Fellow. In this video, Ackerman discusses the movement to protect architecture and historical landmarks in Lebanon, especially in the city center of Beirut. The...

  • Whose Job Is It to Save Modern-Day Slaves?

    Beneath a highway in Adlieh, Beirut"“in the bowels of the Ministry of Interior's dark, hot basement"“lies the General Security Department's Detention Center where migrant domestic workers are held, some for...

  • Trapped in Lebanon: Foreign Domestic Workers With No Rights or Way Home

    When Rose Adhiambo left Kenya for a job in Lebanon, she could have never imagined that six months later she would be returning home in a coffin. Twenty-four-year-old Adhiambo did what many...

  • Rebuilding Beirut

    On a recent Saturday night in the Gemmayze district of Beirut, hundreds filled the streets, holding candles and waving signs to protest the destruction of the historic French colonial and Ottoman-era buildings...

  • Ahmadinejad’s Successful Publicity Tour in Lebanon

    BEIRUT -- There's a saying in Arabic: "You drink politics with your mother's milk." But this week's visit to Lebanon by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shows that Iran, and by proxy Hezbollah,...

  • Ahmadinejad Goes to Lebanon

    Posters welcome Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Lebanon BEIRUT, Lebanon"”For anyone hoping that the Middle East is moving in a democratic direction, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon this week...

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