Elizabeth Flock


"I become a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world"

-Henry Luce

I am a  journalist, writer and documentary filmmaker with a focus on women's and social issues. I am currently on the road reporting.

My first book, THE HEART IS A SHIFTING SEA, a study of contemporary marriage in Mumbai, is out now in the U.S. It is out in India with the title LOVE AND MARRIAGE IN MUMBAI.

Most recently, I led an investigation for the PBS NewsHour into sexual harassment and retaliation within the U.S. Forest Service for on-air and online. The story led to sweeping changes in the service, and to the resignation of the Forest Service Chief. In 2017, I reported a two-part series for the NewsHour on women activists with minority political beliefs in Buckhannon, West Virginia and Portland, Oregon.  I also run a book club for the NewsHour in collaboration with the New York Times, which is devoted to reading books that help us better understand our past and present. 

Credit: Ali Withers

I got my start at Forbes India magazine in Mumbai, where I wrote feature pieces and investigative reports, including on the collapse of the world's largest art fund and on problems with the Gates Foundations HIV/AIDs work in India. I also spent two years as a breaking and foreign news blogger at the Washington Post, where I covered the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street. At the U.S. News and World Report, I wrote about how the Obama administration's policies were impacting people. 

I have also written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, GlobalPost, Al Jazeera America, Fast Company, the Village Voice, the Washington City Paper, Vice's Motherboard, the Hindu and the Hindustan Times. 

I have a B.A. in English from Boston College and a M.A. in narrative nonfiction from the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, where I helped field produce an Emmy-nominated piece about forced child begging in Senegal's Koranic schools, and whose reporting travel grant helped fund my reporting in Mumbai.

I also have a degree from the Documentary Institute at George Washington University, where I made the short film “Leaving Sharpe,” about Washington 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.