Erin Banco is a Middle East reporter and author. Her book, Pipe Dreams: The Plundering of Iraq’s Oil Wealth, will be published by Columbia Global Reports Nov. 7, 2017.
Originally from Boston, Banco attended
The University of Wisconsin-Madison for her undergraduate degree where she studied journalism and Arabic. She moved to Cairo after graduation and studied Arabic intensively at the American University in Cairo and earned an advanced certificate. Banco began her career as a freelance journalist in Cairo by reporting on the fallout of the Egyptian revolution and human rights violations in the country’s prisons. Later, she began reporting on the war in Syria.
Banco reported as the Middle East correspondent for International Business Times from 2014-2016, breaking stories during the rise of the Islamic State group and on the Syrian opposition arms program. As a correspondent she reported from the frontline in Iraq and Gaza, and reported on Washington’s shifting tactics in the war against ISIS. She took the job at IBT after finishing her graduate degree at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and completing a fellowship at the NYT’s Washington bureau.
Banco has appeared on MSNBC and with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News. She is on the alumni board of The University of Wisconsin’s Daily Cardinal newspaper. She is also a member of the Frontline Freelance Register and twice published in the Committee to Protect Journalist’s annual book, Attacks on the Press. She is an advocate for greater protection for journalists in conflict zones and frequently speaks on the topic.
Banco lives in Jersey City.