Elizabeth Flock


I’m a journalist based in Washington D.C., currently at work on a book, The Heart is a Shifting Sea: Love and Trouble in Mumbai, for HarperCollins (2017).

I am a journalist based in Washington D.C., currently at work on a book, The Heart is a Shifting Sea: Love and Trouble in Mumbai, for Harper Collins (2017).  I have a deep interest in social issues and foreign news reporting, and write most often on the criminal justice system, protest movements, underground economies, urban development, and marriage and sexuality.  

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Most recently, I completed a master's in narrative nonfiction at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. While there, I helped field produce an Emmy-nominated piece about forced child begging in Senegal's Koranic schools.

Prior to that, I was a staff writer at U.S. News and World Report, where I wrote on politics and social issues in the 2012 presidential campaign and Obama administration. I also spent two years as a local, breaking and foreign news blogger at the Washington Post, where I spent much of my time covering protests — from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street.

I got my start at Forbes India magazine, where I did feature pieces and investigative reports. My coverage of the Gates Foundation was nominated for the Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize and the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award.

I have also written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, New York Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, GlobalPost, Fast Company, the Huffington Post, BKLYNR and the University of Chicago magazine.

My work has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, the Rachel Maddow show, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and used as a resource by the Online News Association and USAID's AIDs program.  I have given lectures at the State Department's Foreign Press Center and Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai.

I have a B.A. from Boston College, where I published an honors thesis and received the university’s Cardinal Cushing Award for best creative fiction in a publication before graduating magna cum laude.

I also have a degree from the Documentary Institute at George Washington University, where I made the short film “Leaving Sharpe,” about D.C.’s decision to close a public school for kids with special needs. “Leaving Sharpe” played in the D.C. Independent and Annapolis film festivals, and won the national CINE Golden Eagle Award.

I am represented by Suzanne Gluck at William Morris Endeavor.