Mei-Ling McNamara
Assistant Professor
Journalism

Mei-Ling McNamara

is a journalist and assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder who works in both print and broadcast media, with a focus on human rights reporting, criminal and social justice issues and in-depth investigations. She produces multimedia investigations with the Guardian, and has worked for a number of international and national media outlets, including CNN International and Al-Jazeera English as a writer, producer and documentary filmmaker.

Her investigative work for the Guardian and Al-Jazeera English received awards in 2011 and 2015 by the Human Trafficking Foundation for its in-depth coverage of underreported issues on slavery. Her documentary “Children of the Cannabis Trade” investigated the criminalization of child trafficking victims in the British justice system, while her written feature “A Slave in Scotland” for Guardian Weekend Magazine exposed the legal and socio-psychological realities labor trafficking victims face in the UK. She has also published articles in Electronic News; Global Perspectives on Human Rights, Oxford Human Rights Law Journal; The GuardianThe Observer and Al Jazeera English. She is currently wrapping up a two-year multimedia documentary and print investigation with the Guardian, is co-writing a book on press freedom with Professor Elizabeth Skewes (2018) and is co-editing a new book on race and identity in the US, slated for 2018/2019. Some of her public engagement work involves partnering with local Colorado media outlets, including Colorado Public Television, to showcase in-depth reporting by journalism students, as well as organizing a journalism conference series at CU Boulder, bringing together the academy, the industry and the community. These include “Reporting in the Age of Alternative Facts” (Spring 2017) and “Rights, Wrongs and Responsibilities: Covering Race in Today’s America” (Spring 2018).

She holds a PhD in Trans-Disciplinary Documentary Film at the University of Edinburgh where her work examined the nexus between liminality, trauma and the experience of survivors of human trafficking. She also holds an MA in Journalism from Goldsmiths, University of London, an MA in American Literature from the University of Essex, and a BA in English from the University of California, Davis. She has produced documentaries and multimedia investigations in the UK, US, Africa and Asia, and holds memberships to the Society of Professional Journalists, the Freedom of Information Coalition, the Foreign Press Association and the ACLU.