Jack Shenker is a journalist and author based in London and Cairo, who writes about politics, protest, and anything else that springs to mind.

His stories have won several international awards, and been translated into many languages. Formerly Egypt correspondent for the Guardian newspaper, his work has also covered Gaza, Africa, Central Asia, the US and the UK, and been published in a wide range of newspapers and magazines around the world including Granta, the London Review of Books and the New York Times, as well as being adapted into films by the BBC. In 2016 his first book, ‘The Egyptians: A Radical Story’, was published by Allen Lane and Penguin to critical acclaim – for more details, see here.

In 2018, Jack was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for political journalism. He is currently working on a new book charting the fast-changing landscape of British politics, to be published by The Bodley Head / Vintage this year.




In 2011, Jack’s wide-ranging coverage of the Egyptian revolution was recognised with the Amnesty International Gaby Rado award for excellence in human rights journalism. Later that year, his reporting on the continued struggle over Egypt’s political future – including the use of live ammunition by security forces against protesters – was shortlisted for the Kurt Schork award, and a Guardian film on Egypt, football and political tumult, made by Jack, Simon Hanna and Richard Sprenger, won a Webby award for the best online sports video.

Other major works from Egypt include Cairo Divided – produced in collaboration with photographer Jason Larkin and published as a standalone newspaper in both English and Arabic, as well as in the form of a Guardian magazine feature – and a long read in Granta exploring the impact of counter-revolution on Egypt’s capital. He has continued to report on the country’s military dictatorship, with articles covering dystopian realism, state massacres, security crackdowns, and the support provided to Egypt’s increasingly repressive regime by the international community.


In the UK, Jack has led a series of investigations for the Guardian into the growth of corporate control over cities, including the hidden privatisation of public space. He also writes about Britain’s fast-changing political landscape and the broader moment of global upheaval within which recent shocks have taken place – including stories on Scotland’s 2014 independence referendum, and a major project this year on the remarkable Essex port town of Tilbury, featuring a written long read and an original film for BBC Newsnight.


Jack’s interrogation of ecological disaster and the rise of separatist nationalism in the central Asian republic of Karakalpakstan won the 2011 Foreign Press Association award for Environment Story of the Year. That same year his analysis of global youth-led revolts against different forms of neoliberal austerity was nominated for the Anna Lindh award.

In 2012 his investigation into the deaths of African migrants in the Mediterranean - whose cries for help were apparently ignored by European military units - was awarded news story of the year at the One World media awards, where he was also shortlisted for journalist of the year. The story was part of a series of reports on migration to Europe, including a Guardian feature and accompanying film.

In 2016, Jack’s long read on Bir Tawil, the last ‘unclaimed’ territory on earth, won the Foreign Press Association award for Travel Story of the Year. 'Platinum' - Jack's collaboration with photographer Jason Larkin exploring the Marikana massacre and its contested history both within South Africa and beyond, also published as a standalone book and bilingual English/Xhosa newspaper – was shortlisted for the inaugural Photo-Text award at Arles. His wide-ranging essay on digital technologies and the battle against enclosure of the online commons was recently published by Aeon magazine.


Jack’s book, 'The Egyptians: A Radical Story', which charts Egypt's extraordinary revolution and counter-revolution from below – selected as a ‘Book of the Year’ by the Observer, the Economist and Kirkus Reviews, and shortlisted for the 2016 Bread and Roses award – is published by Allen Lane / Penguin Books in the UK, and The New Press in the United States, and available now.

His long read on South Africa's Marikana massacre, published as a standalone ebook by Zed Books, is available here.


This website contains only a selection of articles - for a more comprehensive list visit the Guardian's reporter profile here or the (very) old site here.

Jack has given talks to a wide range of major institutions, from the British Museum to the Edinburgh Festival, as well as schools, universities and charities. If you'd like to enquire about a speaking engagement, please click here.

For commissions, or to get in touch, please send an email or follow Jack on Twitter. Jack's agent is Karolina Sutton - his Curtis Brown profile page can be found here.


I see that my own hands can make / The world that's in my mind (Langston Hughes)