For information on Jack's new book - 'The Egyptians: A Radical Story' - available now from Allen Lane / Penguin Books in the UK and The New Press in the US, please click here
Jack Shenker is a journalist and author based in London and Cairo. Formerly Egypt correspondent for the Guardian newspaper, his work has also covered Gaza, Africa, Central Asia, the US, the UK and the Indian subcontinent, and been published in a wide range of newspapers and magazines around the world. He writes about politics, protest, and anything else that springs to mind.
His stories have been translated into several languages and recognised with many international awards. In 2011 his coverage of the Egyptian revolution won the Amnesty International Gaby Rado award for excellence in human rights reporting. His investigation into 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. He was also long-listed for the Orwell Prize for political journalism.
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. A Guardian film on Egypt, football and revolution, made by Jack, Simon Hanna and Richard Sprenger, won a Webby award for the best online sports video.
Articles covering the previous year's November uprising in Egypt (including the use of live ammunition by security forces against protesters) and an analysis of global youth-led revolts against tyranny and neoliberal austerity were shortlisted for the Kurt Schork and Anna Lindh journalism awards respectively. In 2016, 'Platinum' - Jack's collaboration with photographer Jason Larkin exploring Marikana and the new South Africa - was shortlisted for the inaugural Photo-Text award at Arles.
As well as projects on Scotland, London, and a major Guardian long read on Bir Tawil - which won the 2016 Foreign Press Association award for Travel Story of the Year - Jack has recently finished a critically-acclaimed book exploring Egypt's remarkable revolution and counter-revolution from below. 'The Egyptians: A Radical Story' is published by Allen Lane / Penguin Books in the UK, and The New Press in the United States, and is available now.
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.