Alexis Okeowo

New America Fellow

Alexis Okeowo was a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow. She is the author of A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa, and is a staff writer at The New Yorker.  Her work has also been anthologized in "The Best American Travel Writing" (2017) and "The Best American Sports Writing" (2017). She has been awarded fellowships and grants from New America, the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and the International Reporting Project. She has previously contributed to the Times MagazineBloomberg Businessweek, and the Financial Times.

All Work

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Let's Talk: Personal Boundaries, Safety & Women in Journalism

Alexis Okeowo was featured in a documentary about the challenges for women journalists in the field by Columbia University’s Dart Center.


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Amid African Extremism, a Writer Finds an ‘Ordinary and Rare Kind of Bravery’

Alexis Okeowo's book, “A Moonless, Starless Sky,” was reviewed by the New York Times


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Journalist Chronicles Ordinary People Fighting Extremism In Africa

Alexis Okeowo was featured on NPR's Fresh Air, speaking about her new book, A Moonless, Starless Sky.


FELLOWS and INTERNATIONAL REPORTING PROJECT
Resisting Extremism in Africa: Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Acts

Join author Alexis Okeowo, a New America & IRP Fellow, for a talk on her recent book about ordinary people's extraordinary feats.


NEW AMERICA NYC
A Moonless, Starless Sky

Alexis Okeowo talks with Miriam Elder about her new book on extremism in Africa and the stories of the survivors—and resisters—of it.


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A Moonless, Starless Sky

This masterful, humane work of journalism by Alexis Okeowo paints a vivid narrative of Africans who courageously resist fundamentalism.


FELLOWS, NEW AMERICA NYC and INTERNATIONAL REPORTING PROJECT
A Moonless, Starless Sky

A new book examines conflicts in four African countries through the stories of the survivors—and resisters—of extremism.


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA NYC
The Threat to Birth-Control Access in the Trump Era

Alexis Okeowo wrote for The New Yorker on contemporary access to birth control in the United States.


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA NYC
What Issa Rae’s “Insecure” Gets Right

Alexis Okeowo wrote for The New Yorker on the new season of HBO's Insecure and its portrayal of black life.


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA NYC
Souad Mekhennet’s “I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad”

Alexis Okeowo writes for the New Yorker about journalist Souad Mehennet's new book and her journey to the centers of jihadi networks.


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Kirkus Review: A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa

Kirkus reviews Alexis Okeowo's forthcoming A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa.


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA NYC
The Enduring American Military Mission in Africa

Alexis Okeowo wrote a profile for The New Yorker on U.S. Army Brigadier General Donal Bolduc and the American military presence in Africa