From 2010-15, Rebecca was chief reporter at the International Bar Association, where she specialised in long-form features, filmed interviews and mini-documentaries on rule of law and human rights issues. Most recently, she wrote and directed a documentary on military impunity for human rights abuses in Myanmar.
Her one-to-one interviews focused on leading activists, lawyers, politicians and heads of state. Most recently, these included Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, UK Supreme Court justice Lady Hale, former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and Transparency International Chair Jose Ugaz. All interviews can be viewed here.
In 2013 and 2014, she was shortlisted and highly commended in the Bar Council’s Legal Reporting Awards for articles on banking abuses (Cleaning up the City) and international sanctions (Guilty until proven innocent).
Rebecca has previously written for the Guardian, Times, Sunday Times, Evening Standard, Independent, Economist, Huffington Post, Spectator, and numerous sports and travel magazines.
She now specialises in the Middle East, with a focus on human rights. In 2015-16, she embarked on an ill-advised 11,000km, 20-country solo cycle ride from London to Tehran, via Europe, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Oman, the UAE and Iran. Her aim was to challenge people’s preconceptions by showing that a woman could cycle through the Middle East safely. At a time of increasing prejudice and division, her hope was to humanise the region by moving away from the usual stories about terrorists and conflict to those about everyday people. To gauge her success, visit her cycling website here.
Rebecca has an MA (Cantab) in English Literature from Cambridge University, where she was awarded the Cambridge University Hunter Senior Scholarship, and an MA in Journalism from Stanford University, where she won a full tuition scholarship. When not cycling or writing articles, she enjoys eating, drinking and talking about herself in the third person.