Elizabeth Flock


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

-Henry Luce

I am a reporter for the PBS NewsHour, based in Washington D.C. My first book, THE HEART IS A SHIFTING SEA: LOVE AND MARRIAGE IN MUMBAI, is an intimate study of three contemporary married couples in Mumbai, and an examination of why marriages work or fail anywhere. The book is out now in the U.S., and will be out in India in June.  

I write most often about social and women's issues. Most recently, I led an investigation into sexual harassment and retaliation within the U.S. Forest Service. The story led to sweeping changes in the service, and the resignation of the Forest Service Chief. Last year, I reported a two-part series on women activists with minority political beliefs in Buckhannon, West Virginia and Portland, Oregon.  At NewsHour, I also run a book club in collaboration with the New York Times Book Review, which now has more than 53,000 members. 

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.