Megan O’Toole is an award-winning investigative and data journalist with a career spanning two decades. She has reported from more than a dozen countries worldwide on topics ranging from the war on ISIS, to the Gaza siege, to the economic impact of US sanctions on Iran, to the refugee crisis along the Mediterranean. As an international editor, she has managed dozens of journalists throughout the Middle East and North Africa, handling the commissioning and editing of stories from across the region. She is also a member of Bellingcat’s Global Authentication Project, contributing to an open-source investigation of potential war crimes in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Megan’s work has won a variety of accolades, including an award from Amnesty International for her coverage of indigenous land rights. She was part of the largest collaborative investigation in Canadian journalism history, Tainted Water, a prize-winning series that exposed unsafe levels of lead in drinking water and spurred government action from coast to coast. In the Data Journalism Handbook, her project on Israeli home demolitions in East Jerusalem was featured as an exemplar. A two-time Pulitzer Center grantee, Megan also serves as a global mentor with the Coalition for Women in Journalism, helping to guide colleagues as they navigate the industry.