Lisa De Bode is a journalist and writer, covering gender, health, migration, and security. A former staff reporter at Al Jazeera America in New York, and a field producer at CNN in Brussels, she is the author of EUROPA, An Illustrated Guide to Europe for Migrants and Refugees, and a 2017 Reporting Fellow at the International Women’s Media Foundation.
In 2016, her reporting on female homelessness sparked a law in the New York legislature that provides free pads and tampons to city shelters; a bill in Congress that would allow people to pay for feminine hygiene products with their flexible spending accounts; and a vote by FEMA that permitted shelters to purchase menstrual products with grant funds. In 2014, her reporting was awarded a Sigma Delta Chi as part of an AJAM series on Native American veterans and their struggle with PTSD. In 2011, her book from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on women’s rights was awarded the Aanmoedigingsprijs Dick Scherpenzeel, the Dutch foreign reporting prize for young journalists.
Other awards and supporters of her work include the Magnum Foundation, the United Nations Refugee Agency, Allianz Kulturstiftung, JournalismFund.eu, International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF), and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture.