Leana Hosea is a multi-media journalist with over 12 years of experience working for the BBC in global news and current affairs. Leana has reported and produced several documentaries for the BBC. For her short film 'Rhino Wars' Leana persuaded poachers to talk about their trade openly on camera for the first time. (http://bit.ly/1ffE1k0 )
Leana produced a BBC film following the Muslim televangelist Amr Khaled, who has more followers than Oprah, as he travelled around Yemen combating extremism. She secured interviews with President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Osama Bin Laden's former bodyguard. ( https://youtu.be/vl0yuX6y3EE ) The TV
report she filmed on the first day of the Egyptian revolution in Tahrir Square, won the correspondent Jon Leyne a nomination for the Bayeux War Reporting Award. As the Middle East Business Reporter she shot and edited her own TV pieces from across the region and is one of the few journalists to film inside Qatari labor camps. (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-26482775)
In September 2016, Leana was awarded the prestigious Knight Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of
Michigan to research Flint and Navajo Nation water issues. She took classes in Environmental Justice, Native American Literature and big data journalism. She’s now an inaugural Media Fellow at the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. She ran a media lab for environmental justice graduate students, to give them filmmaking skills to enable their environmental work.