Jonathan W. Rosen is an independent journalist specializing in East Africa and Africa's Great Lakes region.
Jon first visited East Africa in 2004 to teach English and geography and coach cross country at a rural Kenyan high school. He returned in 2008 to edit a travel magazine in Zanzibar and has since spent the bulk of his time in the region, writing widely on its politics, economics, energy, environment, and post-conflict development. Jon's most memorable reporting adventures include camping with some of the world's last remaining hunter gatherers, joining a pilgrimage to a Tanzanian "miracle healer," investigating the shooting of a leading conservationist in the Congo, and venturing outside the region to chronicle Swaziland's troubled monarchy and decades-old tensions along the border of India and Pakistan.
Jon's writing includes features, analysis, and narrative nonfiction and has been published by National Geographic, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, MIT Technology Review, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the BBC, Global Post, World Politics Review, Roads & Kingdoms, Slate and other outlets in the U.S., Europe, and Africa. His work has also been featured on Longform, Longreads, and the New Yorker's literary blog Page-Turner, and has twice been recognized at the Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards in London, where he is a one-time winner and two-time finalist. Jon spent 2016 as a fellow of the Washington, DC-based Alicia Patterson Foundation, which funded his reporting of articles related to foreign investment in African industry, agriculture, renewable energy, and innovation.
In addition to his reporting, Jon has worked as an independent analyst for Eurasia Group, the international political risk research and consulting firm; as web content editor at the Boston-based public health NGO Pathfinder International; and as a book critic for USA Today, where he reviewed more than a dozen non-fiction titles related to global political economy.
Jon is a native of Amherst, Massachusetts and a graduate of Amherst Regional High School, Tufts University, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna, Italy and Washington, DC.