Nocal Claims Community Responsibility for Projects That Don’t Exist

Tetee Gebro

Johnsonville, Monrovia – The news that the National Oil Company of Liberia (Nocal) had delivered two much-needed latrines and a water well hand pump to his community came as a shock to Melvin C. Bettie, Commissioner of the Johnsonville township. … More

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CPJ Calls on President Sirleaf to Release NN’s Rodney Sieh

Joel Simon, Executive Director Committee to Protect Journalists

Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf President of the Republic of Liberia Executive Mansion Capitol Hill, Monrovia Republic of Liberia Dear President Sirleaf A year ago, you became only the second African head of state to endorse the Declaration of Table … More

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NN’s Wade Williams Features on World Press Day Forum at UN HQ in New York

New Narratives’ Wade Williams, Newsroom Chief of Front Page Africa, was invited to appear on UNESCO panel celebrating World Press Day at UN headquarters in New York City. See the video of the speech here and news about the event here. The … More

Photo courtesy of Liberian Awards

NN’s Robtel Pailey launches “Gbagba” in London, moderated by NN head Prue Clarke

Please join us as NN opinion writer Robtel Pailey launches her children’s book “Gbagba” (with illustrations by NN’s Chase Walker) at the School of Oriental and African studies in London tonight. The event will be moderated by NN Executive Director … More


NN Executive Director Shortlisted for Australian Social Innovation Award

New Narratives is delighted our Co-founder and Executive Director Prue Clarke has been shortlisted for the Advance Global Australian Social Innovation award recognizing her work with us. The Awards celebrate Australians and alumni from Australian universities living overseas who exhibit … More

Hannah Toe, 24, in the 12th grade at Cestos High School, got pregnant at 17 and left school for a few years to take care of her baby.

Teen Pregnancy and Bush Schools Hurting Efforts to Educate Girls

By Mae Azango with photos by Chase Walker

Cestos City – Hannah Toe is in the twelfth grade class at Cestos High School in rural Rivercess County. She looks youthful with cornrows and a red flower headband in her hair matching her ruffled top, but she is 24 … More

Photo by Jake Naughton of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

NN’s Mae Azango is Awarded the Minnie Lee Walker fellowship

NN is proud to announce our reporter Mae Azango, of FrontPage Africa, has been awarded a newly created reporting fellowship in honor of Minnie Lee Walker. The fellowship is given by the Alliance for East Africa, an organization that supports … More


Mae Azango exposed a secret ritual in Liberia, putting her life in danger

Jina Moore

TODEE, LIBERIA It’s late afternoon in Todee, a village in rural Liberia, and the sun is starting to drop. Mae Azango settles into a taxi for the three-hour drive back to Monrovia, the capital. But this long day hasn’t been quite long … More


NN’s Tecee Boley and Joanna Devane on Liberian Reaction to Taylor Verdict for Global Post

By Joanna Devane and Tecee Boley

Charles Taylor guilty: Liberians have mixed reactions In Monrovia, some Liberians denounce Taylor’s conviction, others welcome it. By Joanna Devane and Tecee Boley April 26, 2012 12:48 In Freetown, Sierra Leone, Mohamed Traore, one of the amputees of the civil … More

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The Promise of April 12: A Preface to Liberia’s Complicated Biography

By Robtel Pailey

Written by New Narratives Fellow Robtel Neajai Pailey April 12, 1980 is often described as the beginning of Liberia’s end. I think of it as the preface to Liberia’s long, complicated biography, the beginning of our awakening. It was a … More

Critics say girls as young as 2 are cut in traditional initiation ceremonies

NN’s Breakthrough Reporting Prompts Liberian Leaders to Announce an End To Female Circumcision

By Wade Williams

Monrovia – Traditional leaders and government ministers have revealed a secret agreement to shut down the activities of Liberia’s secret women’s society, the Sande, for an indefinite period. The deal will see all Sande land turned over to the leaders … More


Tina Pamintuan CUNY Director, Radio Projects and Initiatives

Tina Pamintuan began her career at National Public Radio where her favorite task was writing science and adventure scripts for Morning Edition’s Radio Expeditions. In 2001, she was part of a small team that won a Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton for … More

68% of Liberians say they rely on untreated water sources for drinking water

Water and Sanitation Problems Plague Monrovians

By Tecee Boley

It is often said in Liberia: “to spoil it is easy but to build it is hard.” So is the case with water and sanitation here. The 14-year civil war destroyed much of the water supply and sanitation facilities. People … More

Sonnie Morris. photo credit: Bonnie Allen

Sonnie: In Her Own Words

Bonnie Allen

In Liberia, financial pressures prevent many journalists from properly doing their jobs. Though it’s rarely discussed, it’s widely known that reporters take gifts — bribes — from politicians or others to either bury stories or to write promotional ones. Sonnie … More