Ofeibea Quist-Arcton has been working all over Africa for NPR as their West African Correspondent for the last decade. Before that she headed a regional bureau for the BBC in Ivory Coast. Her coverage of the Ebola outbreak over the last few months has been stellar, and necessary. She’s been right in the midst of it, reporting directly from ground zero of the epidemic. If you have not heard her excellent reports, please follow the links below.
August 2, 2014: As Ebola Death Toll Tops 700, Officials Fight To Contain Disease
August 5, 2014: Sierra Leone Imposes Drastic Measures To Stop Ebola’s Spread
August 7, 2014: Liberia And Sierra Leone Seal Off Ebola Epicenters With Troops
August 12, 2014: Guineans Scramble To Defend Themselves Against Deadly Virus
August 23, 2014: Borders Close As Ebola Spreads In West Africa
August 24, 2014: With Confirmed Cases In Congo, Ebola Now In 4 West African Nations
September 3, 2014: Liberia Lifts Ebola Quarantine From Monrovia Slum
September 6, 2014: Reporting From The Site Of The Ebola Outbreak’s Origin
September 8, 2014: Doctors Struggle To Treat Ebola Patients In Liberian Border Town
It’s powerful and terrifying news. We need to hear it. The authority of her voice, the live and in-depth reporting, and the importance of her mission all recommend her for a Pulitzer nomination. I hope those with the ability will do so (I’m talking to you, Ombudsman).
Thank you, Ms Quist-Arcton, for your clarity, bravery, and many years of service.