Marcia Biggs is a freelance journalist, focusing on international conflict and humanitarian crises. She contributes regularly to The PBS NewsHour, for whom she recently reported from Venezuela, as its refugee crisis becomes one of the world’s most dire. With over a decade in the Middle East, her work has highlighted the targeting of doctors in the Syrian civil war, the use of children in armed conflict, as well as various stages of the battle for Mosul and the plight of Yazidi girls who have escaped ISIS captivity. In 2018, she became one of the few television journalists to travel to Yemen, producing a four part series for PBS. A pivot to Latin America in 2019 took her to Honduras, ground zero of the Central American migration crisis.
Her work has won numerous awards, including a Gracie Allen Award, two First Place National Headliner Awards, a Sigma Delta Chi Award, and a New York Festivals World Medal. The Newswomen’s Club of New York awarded her the 2018 Marie Colvin Front Page Award for Foreign Correspondence and she was recently nominated for a George Foster Peabody Award for her work in Yemen.
Before her work with PBS, Biggs reported for Al Jazeera English, Fox News Channel, CNN, and ABC News. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she completed her Bachelors degree in History at Vanderbilt University and her Masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University of Beirut. She currently resides in New York City, where she has served as an adjunct professor at the CUNY Newmark School of Journalism.