Iona Craig (2019) is a British-Irish investigative journalist and Future of War Fellow at New America and Arizona State University. Since 2010 her work has focused on Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula. Iona was based in Sana’a from 2010 through 2014 as The Times (of London) Yemen correspondent, covering Yemen’s revolution, America’s growing covert war in the country and the civil war that began in 2014.
She regularly returns to Yemen and to date has traveled over 8,000 miles across the country during the course of the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis. Her work has won numerous awards, including the 2016 Orwell Prize for journalism, the United Kingdom’s most prestigious honor for political writing, and the 2014 Martha Gellhorn Prize, Britain’s leading investigative journalism award, for her reporting on America’s covert war in Yemen. Her investigation for The Intercept of a Navy SEAL raid in a remote Yemeni village won the 2018 George Polk Award for foreign reporting. In 2018 she was also the runner-up for the Overseas Press Club of America Roy Rowan Award for investigative reporting on an international story, as well as the James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism.
During her time as a Logan Nonfiction Program fellow, Iona will work on a book about the legacy of American foreign policy in Yemen since the USS Cole bombing (in 2000) told through the personal stories of those impacted.