Meet: Christina Asquith - Founder of The Fuller Project
Full Bio: Christina began her career as a newspaper reporter, doing internships at The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun then became a suburban correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer for several years. She wrote her first book, The Emergency Teacher: The Inspirational Story of a New Teacher in an Inner-City School, based off a year she spent as a teacher in the lowest-performing middle school in North Philadelphia, focusing on the challenges of preteen girls in the struggling school and neighborhood. In 2003, she moved to Baghdad, Iraq and covered the US invasion as a freelancer for The New York Times, The Economist, The Guardian and The Christian Science Monitor.Frustrated by the absence of women’s voices in the Western media’s war coverage, she told the story of the war through the experiences of four women in her 2009 nonfiction book by Random House, Sisters in War: A Story of Love, Family, and Survival in the New Iraq—the only book published by any journalist on Iraq to have women as its focus. While based in Istanbul covering Syrian women refugees in 2014, she founded the Fuller Project for International Reporting along with Xanthe Scharff, as a global news organizationdedicated to giving women a voice in foreign affairs reporting and in the US, and creating and publishing multimedia on issues that impact women.She has a BA from Boston University and an MA from London School of Economics and was a 2007 Fellow at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is also a board member of ASUDA-USA< an organization empowering female immigrants and refugees of Iraq descent, who are either victims of violence or vulnerable to violence, to attain economic independence and judicious social adjustment.
Work Description: The Fuller Project for International Reporting is a nonprofit, independent media organization that reports news mattering most to women around the world and in the US, focused on women in conflict and topics of foreign policy. Christina Asquith is determined to report hard-hitting, data-driven, and investigative news about women; focused on seeking out potential solutions rather than solely reporting on problems affecting women worldwide. The organization works with women leaders and partner with top newsrooms, major publications, and other organizations that value women’s issues, to amplify their work and women’s voices. The Fuller Project highlights why issues that affect women are of concern to all people. Their team of seasoned, award-winning journalists and social entrepreneurs are dedicated to investigative, solutions-oriented reporting on women through multimedia platforms, reaching millions of influencers and millennials each week.