Prue Clarke is an award winning journalist and media development specialist. Her reporting has appeared in Newsweek, the Guardian, the Financial Times, The Times, CNN and on public radio and television in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.
Since 2004 Prue’s reporting has focused on Africa where she has covered war in eastern Congo and reconstruction, development, and business issues Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. In west Africa Prue has covered mining, slavery, poverty, gender violence, post-war reconstruction and elections. She has won numerous reporting awards including the national Edward R. Murrow in the United States and a United Nations World Gold Medal.
Prue co-founded New Narratives and served as Executive Director overseeing all day-to-day operations. She has spoken at conferences in the US, Africa and Europe and her opinion pieces have appeared in The Guardian, Reuters and the Mail and Guardian. Prue is now with BBC Media Action where she is project manager for development projects in Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Since September Prue is the Project Manager for BBC Media Action’s Regional Ebola project.
Prue has trained journalists in Ghana, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo and has consulted for governments, universities and NGOs on media strategies and development. Prue’s work with New Narratives was honored with the 2014 Advance Global Australian Social Innovation Award.
From 2009-2012 Prue was a Visiting Associate Professor at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism where she taught International Reporting, the Craft of Journalism, and Radio reporting.
Early in her career Prue was a reporter with the Financial Times newspaper and a television news correspondent with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney and New York. She was at New York’s World Trade Center during the September 11th 2011 terror attacks and covered the aftermath for the ABC.
Prue holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York where she was also an “International Fellow” at the School of International and Public Affairs. She also holds a Master of International Relations degree and a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney.