I am a freelance reporter, editor, and researcher based in Johannesburg, South Africa. My work focuses on telling
human-level stories from across Africa, and at the moment, I’m writing a lot about
long distance running.
For the past decade, I have reported from across the continent for a wide range of international publications, including
The New York Times, 99 Percent Invisible, Runners World, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and
The Guardian, among others.
From 2017 to 2022, I was the
Johannesburg Bureau Chief
for The Christian Science Monitor.
My work has won several awards, including a citation from the 2021 Overseas Press Club of America for reporting
“showing a concern for the human condition.”
Some of my favorite pieces include: the unexpectedly complex story of South Africa's
most infamous marathon cheats,
a look at the
lives of the women who make our clothes
in Lesotho, a dispatch from
the last post office in South Sudan,
and a radio documentary on
how an ultra-marathon transformed South Africa.
I also ghost write, copy edit, and provide communications support for NGOs and corporate clients. Let's be in touch!
ryan [dot] brown [at] fulbrightmail [dot] org