Inspiring journalists: Martha Gellhorn, Marie Colvin, Anna Politkovskaya
Copyright: Marie Colvin image: PA/Joel Ryan, Martha Gellhorn and Anna Politkovskaya images: Wikimedia Commons
To mark International Women's Day, we have compiled a list of
inspirational women journalists with the help of Twitter followers
Here is the list – in no particular order – which does not
include many of the inspiring women nominated.
Marie Colvin was an award-winning Sunday Times journalist who
died last month
while covering the siege of Homs in Syria. She
lost the sight in her left eye while reporting in Sri Lanka.
Anna Politkovskaya was a Russian journalist, author, and human
rights activist who was assassinated in 2006. She was
known for her opposition to the Chechen conflict and Russian
president Vladimir Putin
Veronica Guerin was an Irish crime reporter who continued
investigating, despite numerous death threats. She was killed in
1996 by drug lords and is immortalised in a
Born to slaves in 1862, Wells was an African-American journalist
and anti-lynching campaigner. She died in 1931.
American journalist Martha Gellhorn, who died in 1998, was one of
the first female war correspondents. Gellhorn is widely credited
with changing the face of war reporting, giving accounts of the
suffering of real people.
A senior BBC correspondent who has been based in Sierra Leone,
Afghanistan during the Soviet troop withdrawal in the late
eighties, Jordan and Jerusalem. She played a leading role in the
BBC's coverage of the Arab spring, reporting from Tunisia, Egypt
Hala Jaber is British-Lebanese journalist currently writing for the
Sunday Times. She was awarded the Amnesty International Journalist
of the Year Award in 2003, has twice been named Foreign
Correspondent of the Year at the British Press Awards and has
Martha Gellhorn Prize
for her work in Iraq.
A former chief news correspondent for BBC News. She became well
known for reporting from war zones around the world, including from
Tiananmen Square during the 1989 Beijing massacre.
Caroline Wyatt is the BBC defence correspondent. She reported from
Baghdad during the 1998 bombing of Iraq and covered the 1999 Kosovo
conflict. In 2001 and 2002 she reported on the war in Afghanistan.
She also covered the Iraq war in spring 2003 as an embedded
journalist with the British troops in and around Basra.
In the late 1950s, American campaigning environmental journalist
Rachel Carson researched the conservation and the environmental
problems caused by synthetic pesticides. The result was Silent
Spring, which highlighted environmental concerns. She died in 1964,
two years after Silent Spring.
Eve Arnold, who died earlier this year, was an American
photojournalist whose subjects included Marilyn Monroe. She is also
known for memorable pictures taken in China, Russia, South Africa
Born Elizabeth Cochran in 1864 she went pen name Nellie Bly. In
1889 she set out to beat Phileas Fogg, the fictional hero of Jules
Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days", travelling around the
world in 72 days.
She pretended to be insane to expose the poor treatment in asylums
and campaigned to find homes for poor
Sky News correspondent Alex Crawford has
won a number of awards in the past year
. Crawford, a mother-of
-four, was widely praised for her live on-scene reporting of the
Battle of Tripoli.
Lindsey Hilsum is Channel 4 News international editor and has won a
number of awards
. She reported from Belgrade in 1999 when NATO
bombed Serbia, from Baghdad during the 2003 US invasion, and
covered the Fallujah assault in November 2004.
More recently she reported from Egypt and Bahrain following the
start of the Arab spring.
Sue Lloyd-Roberts is an Emmy Award-winning BBC journalist, best
known for human rights reports from North
of the Paul Foot Award
and the Bevins
, freelance journalist and author Clare Sambrook
is best known
her reports on the detention of asylum seekers' children. She
writes regularly for the OurKingdom
Frances Harrison is a former BBC correspondent, who has worked in
Bangladesh, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Iran. She has
juggled motherhood and foreign reporting
, concealing her
pregnancy fearing she would not be given interesting assignments.
Mary Stott, who has died in 2002, was the first editor of the
Guardian women's page. In her 15-year tenure, from 1957 to 1972,
she is credited with inventing a platform for women's voices and
concerns, and used it to further such causes and campaigns.
Ida Tarbell, who died in 1944, was an investigative journalist who
is best known for single-handedly taking on Rockefeller and
Standard Oil Company in her 1904 book.
Kenyan journalist Fatuma Noor was
named CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2011
at the age of
She won the accolade for her investigative three-part series on the
"Al-Shabaab". The three-part investigative documentary followed the
stories of a group of young men travelling to Somalia to fight for
the country's Islamist group.