May Jeong is an award-winning magazine writer and investigative reporter based in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is best known for her months-long investigation in to the MSF hospital bombing in Kunduz, Afghanistan for The Intercept. This won her the 2017 South Asian Journalists Association’s Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Report on South Asia, as well as the Prix Bayeux Calvados Award for War Correspondents in the Young Reporter category.
“It’s really very well done for someone only 28 years old, very mature and measured, really impressive.” – Prix Bayeux jury president and BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen
Her reporting for The Intercept, New York Times, London Review of Books, Harper’s, and Financial Times, has won the Society of Business Editors and Writers’ Award, the One World Media New Voice Award, and has been shortlisted for the Canadian Online Publishing Awards in the Best Investigative Article category, and the Kurt Schork Award.
“May Jeong’s entries were outstanding, showing a comprehensive command of journalism which brought together tenacious investigative skills, an understanding of complex and contentious issues, and lucid storytelling at an extraordinary level of detail. Her determination to uncover the truth, such as in the case of the Kunduz hospital bombing, under arduous and dangerous circumstances, was truly impressive. We were unanimous in deciding that May Jeong was the winner.” – One World Media citation
In 2012 she was a finalist for the Canadian National Magazine Award in the Best New Magazine Writer category for her Toronto Life investigation, which exposed a gang rape scandal in an immigrant community in Toronto. Her long form pieces have been translated into several languages.
May is a Visiting Scholar at the New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good. She is also a grantee with the Nation Investigative Fund, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the International Reporting Project, and the International Women’s Media Foundation. Her work has also been supported by the United Nations Foundation, the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
She has received combat medical training through Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues in 2014, and a hostile environment training course funded by the Rory Peck Trust in 2012. She is a member of Frontline Freelance Register.
She speaks regularly at universities and panels about the war in Afghanistan, investigative reporting, and other topics. Past appearances include The New School for Social Research, Carey Institute for Global Good, and the Canadian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Her PGP fingerprint is: 1304 E93B 1455 3325 C10F 2DA9 41CF 4837 EB8F C838.