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Jess McHugh is a writer and editor who has reported from North and South America, Europe, the Caribbean, and West Africa covering culture, politics, and identity.

Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The Paris Review, TIME.com, New York Magazine, The New Republic, Village VoiceInternational Business Times, CNN, Avidly (Los Angeles Review of Books), AFP Services, The Believer, Teen Vogue, Business Insider, InStyle, DAME, Thrillist, Man Repeller, and Travel + Leisure, among others. She has held staff reporter roles at both Time Inc. and International Business Times.

A Yale graduate, she has written hundreds of stories, ranging from the fight to preserve world heritage in Palmyra, Syria, to the story of the first American dictionary. Jess has interviewed U.N. diplomats, U.S. senators, and former members of the Irish Republican Army. 

Following the November 2015 Paris attacks, she was sent to cover the aftermath on the ground as a reporter for International Business Times. After sending dispatches from the Saint Denis raids, she attended one of the first concerts in the wake of the attacks, writing features on the recovery of the music scene as well as a profile of a Syrian refugee. Other stories have taken her from the Scottish Highlands to the coast of Senegal.

She is bilingual in French, decent at krav maga, and excellent at knitting.

 

Portrait by Mariah Tyler.

Highlights

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An Online Tool to Catch Workplace Sexual Predators An Online Tool to Catch Workplace Sexual Predators

The nonprofit Callisto is bringing its digital reporting platform to the office. The goal: to identify repeat #MeToo offenders and protect their accusers

 

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French writer, existentialist philosopher, political activist and feminist Simone de Beauvoir during the landmark Bobigny abortion trial in France in 1972.  How 343 Women Made French History

 How could women assert their independence in the spheres of politics and business if they could not even assert their independence over their own bodies?

 

 

 

   The French Plan to Fix Inequality — By Ignoring It 

 Whether in France or in the United States, school reform alone can't fix racism and poverty. But Emanuel Macron seems to think otherwise.

 

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   The Nationalist Roots of Merriam-Webster's Dictionary  

 Nearly two centuries later, at a time when truth is increasingly undervalued and American exceptionalism is widely embraced, the dictionary takes on fresh significance.

 

 

   Palmyra: How a Beloved World Heritage Site Became a       Battlefield

“It really is a site of all of humanity. This is one of the reasons it was put on the world heritage list: because it has traces of different cultures,” said Mechtild Rössler of UNESCO. “It contains one of the ruins of one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world.”

 

 

Writing (By Outlet)

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An Online Tool to Catch Workplace Sexual Predators, January 2019

 

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Image result for the paris review logoThe Nationalist Roots of Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, March 2018

 

The French Plan to Fix Inequality — By Ignoring It, September 2018

 
 

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 A Drive Through the Scottish Highlands, April 2018

Inside the Fight to Keep Liverpool's Punk Scene Alive, January 2018

Here's How Hotel Security Could Change After the Las Vegas Massacre, October 2017

Do Electronic Bans on Flights Make the U.S. Safer? March 2017

Palmyra: How a Beloved World Heritage Site Became a Battlefield, February 2017

Explore the Magical Ephemera of New York City's Biggest Prop House, February 2017

A Brief History of the Modern Suitcase, December 2016

Winemakers in Bordeaux Are Reinvigorating Their Traditional Terroir, November 2016

 

Refugee Women Are Carrying More Than An Uncertain Future, April 2016

What A Breakdown Of Free Travel Means For Europe's Economy, March 2016

French Anti-Radicalization Policy Questioned, January 2016

Beer, Wine, And Other Acts Of French Defiance, November 2015

One Syrian's Journey From Aleppo To Paris, November 2015

The Remaking Of Sinn Fein In Northern IrelandOctober 2015

See Jess' full archive from IBT here: http://www.ibtimes.com/reporters/jess-mchugh​

 

The Story Behind the Most Colorful Building in NYC, September 2016

 

Dole Back On Hill to Try and Push Through U.N. Disability Rights Treaty, July 2014

Perry to Texas Reps: Don't Approve Obama Border Proposal, July 2014

 

The Most Dangerous Moves From the Least Dangerous Game, October 2013

Writing (By Topic)

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European Affairs

How 343 Women Made French HistoryTIME

The French Plan to Fix Inequality — By Ignoring ItThe New Republic

Refugee Women Are Carrying More Than An Uncertain Future, International Business Times

What A Breakdown Of Free Travel Means For Europe's Economy, International Business Times

Beer, Wine, And Other Acts Of French Defiance, International Business Times

One Syrian's Journey From Aleppo To Paris, International Business Times

The Remaking Of Sinn Fein In Northern IrelandInternational Business Times

See Jess' full archive from IBT here: http://www.ibtimes.com/reporters/jess-mchugh​

Culture and History

The Nationalist Roots of Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, The Paris Review

A Flower for Your Thoughts, Lapham's Quarterly

The Story Behind the Most Colorful Building in NYC, Village Voice

The Most Dangerous Moves From the Least Dangerous Game, The Believer

U.S. News and Politics

Why Is Arkansas Rushing to Execute Its Prisoners? The Nation

Dole Back On Hill to Try and Push Through U.N. Disability Rights Treaty, CNN

Perry to Texas Reps: Don't Approve Obama Border Proposal, CNN

New Security Measures Could Delay You At the Airport. Here's What to Expect, TIME

Here's How Hotel Security Could Change After the Las Vegas Massacre, Travel + Leisure

Women and Identity

 An Online Tool to Catch Workplace Sexual PredatorsThe Wall Street Journal

The Complicated Psychology Behind Bee-Stung Lips, New York Magazine (The Cut)

Surviving Summer TV: Gendered Depictions of PTSD, Avidly (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Policing Language Is Just Another Way to Silence Women, DAME Magazine

What Happens When Women Don't Smile, DAME Magazine

Travel

A Drive Through the Scottish Highlands, Travel + Leisure

Inside the Fight to Keep Liverpool's Punk Scene Alive, Travel + Leisure

Palmyra: How a Beloved World Heritage Site Became a Battlefield, Travel + Leisure

Explore the Magical Ephemera of New York City's Biggest Prop House,Travel + Leisure

A Brief History of the Modern Suitcase, Travel + Leisure

Winemakers in Bordeaux Are Reinvigorating Their Traditional Terroir, Travel + Leisure

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