Molly O'Toole

Molly O’Toole is a freelance journalist, contributor at Foreign Policy, and Foreign Policy Interrupted fellow, covering global migration and security from Central America, South Asia, West Africa and the Middle East. Prior, she was a senior reporter at FP, and survived covering the 2016 election as the magazine’s first and only presidential campaign reporter. Previously, she covered the politics of national security for Atlantic Media’s Defense One, where she reported from Congress, the White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department. Before that, she was a news editor at The Huffington Post. Molly has also reported on national and international politics for Businessweek, Quartz, The Atlantic, Reuters, The Nation, The Associated Press, and Newsweek International, among others, from Kathmandu, Riyadh, San Salvador, Guantánamo Bay, Washington, New York, Mexico City, and London. She and her overactive eyebrows have also appeared on the BBC, NPR, MSNBC, NBC, C-SPAN, Al Jazeera, and others. She received her dual master’s degree in journalism and international relations from New York University and graduated cum laude from Cornell University. In 2016 and 2017, she was a grant recipient of the International Women’s Media Foundation. Wherever she is based at the moment, she will always be a Californian.
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