Tecee Boley is a leading radio and print reporter in Liberia. She is the manager for radio projects in our partnership with Big Belly Business, funded by OSIWA and the State Department in partnership with the What to Expect Foundation.
Tecee is also a reporter in our Thomson Reuters/New Narratives project reporting Liberia’s oil industry.
Previously Tecee reported for FrontPage Africa newspaper and FrontPageAfricaonline.com, Liberia’s most widely read newspaper and website, and is heard on United Nations radio. In 2014 she was one of the first African journalists chosen to attend the University of Witswatersrand as a Konrad Adnaeur Stiftung scholar.
Before joining NN in July 2010 Tecee had only ever left Liberia as a refugee during Liberia’s civil war in neighboring Ivory Coast. In 2011 she won a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grant to travel to World Water Week in Sweden and to report on Liberia’s troubled progress on water and sanitation. She has continued to expose problems in this area for Pulitzer. In 2012 Tecee was chosen by Thomson Reuters to attend Business and Economics Reporting training in London and by the US State Department for a reporting trip to Washington D.C. and Texas. In August 2012 she was named the International Journalism Network’s Journalist of the Month.
In 2011 Tecee was awarded Liberia’s Development Reporter of the year, one of only three women who had won national reporting awards in Liberia to that point. Her reporting on issues such as unsafe abortions, teenage prostitution, maternal health issues and foreign resource company misdeeds has prompted investigations by the United Nations and government. She has contributed to the PBS NewsHour, World Policy Journal, Reuters and US public radio.
Tecee’s drive to be a journalist came during the years she spent growing up in refugee camps during Liberia’s long civil wars. She saw violence against women and children that was never reported.
Tecee says, ‘I am already living out my dream, to broadcast voices that are rarely heard. But I don’t just want those voices to be heard, I want authorities worldwide to take action.’