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COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY GLOBAL REPORTS PUBLISHING
2016-2018

Author of Pipe Dreams: The Plundering of Iraq’s Oil. The book will be published by Columbia Global Reports on November 7, 2017. It will unveil a saga of theft, deceit and corruption, much of it perpetrated by well placed Kurds who have used their access to oil wealth to line their own pockets. The project is overseen by Nick Lemann, the former dean of the journalism school and Ken Wells, the former Page One editor of the Wall Street Journal.

CAREY INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL GOOD
March-April 2017

Fellow at the Logan Nonfiction Residency Program at the Carey Institute for Global Good. Banco spent five weeks at the institute working on her book for Columbia University Global Reports. The residency program advances deeply reported, longform nonfiction about the most pressing issues of the day and helps to disseminate it on a variety of media platforms to the widest possible audience.

FREELANCE JOURNALIST
January 2012-Present

Cairo, Jordan, Turkey, Syria, and Dearborn; Banco covered the Egyptian government’s investigation of American NGO activity in Egypt, investigated and reported on torture in Egypt’s prisons, traveled to the Syrian border in Turkey and Jordan to cover the movement of refugees and Free Syrian Army activities, and reported from inside Aleppo, Syria. Banco is currently working on a long form project for Global Post on oil in Iraq. She is published in The New York Times, Newsweek, Global Post, CNN, The New Republic, NPR, Foreign Policy, and more.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES
April 2014-June2016

Middle East correspondent for the International Business Times in Istanbul; reported on Middle East politics, conflicts, human rights abuses and humanitarian crises, traveled to Iraq and Gaza to report on the wars, and covered the advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and the U.S. response. Banco also covered the refugee and migrant crisis from Hungary and Germany. Banco broke stories about the American training program in Syria and the Iran nuclear deal.

THE NEW YORK TIMES
May 2013-August 2013

Washington; David E. Rosenbaum Fellow, worked with the national security team researching arms trade in Syria, reported with the national security team on Syrian rebels, covered the Supreme Court and Capitol Hill, investigated the Capitol Power plant’s illegal burning of nitric oxides and the increasing suicide rate in the DC jail.

EDUCATION:

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
2013-2015

Master’s in Public Affairs; concentration in human rights, international media advocacy and communication, and the Middle East.

THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
2007-2011
Majored in journalism and Arabic, accepted into the School of Journalism and Mass Communication as a sophomore in the fall semester of 2008.

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO
January 2012-August 2012
The Arabic Language Institute, certified in the advanced level for Modern Standard Arabic and in the intermediate level for Egyptian colloquial Arabic, proficient in reading, writing, and speaking both dialects