Photo credit: Julia Neus

I’m Nora Neus (rhymes with Zeus). I’m an Emmy-nominated producer, writer and journalist based in Brooklyn, New York.

I’m the author of three books, including Muhammad Najem, War Reporter, a nonfiction graphic novel about citizen journalism in Syria. NPR named it one of the best books of 2022! My second book, 24 Hours in Charlottesville: An Oral History of the Stand Against White Supremacycomes out July 18, 2023 and is available for preorder now.

I tell people-centered stories about those working to make our world better: more equitable, more just, more safe, and more beautiful. 

I work across multiple mediums, depending on what’s best for any given story, including documentary filmmaking, television news, graphic novels, non-fiction books and podcasts.

I have produced over 3,400 hours of live television in the last 7+ years, first in local news in Charlottesville, Virginia and then at CNN in New York. I have produced and reported from Ukraine at the beginning of the Russian invasion in 2022, from Istanbul, Turkey for book Muhammad Najem, War Reporter, from Uvalde, Texas after the horrific 2022 mass shooting at Robb Elementary, from Puerto Rico after the earthquakes in 2019, from inside general population at the Maine State Prison, from avalanche territory in Telluride, Colorado, and many other places around the world. 

My work often has a special focus on LBGTQ+ history, rights and resistance. One of my long-term investigations, on human rights violations in surgeries on intersex children, was cited in witness testimony in California senate hearings about S.B. 201. While reporting that story, I also uncovered an under-the-wire campaign contribution from the top opposing lobbying group to the reelection campaign of the chairman of the committee which killed the bill, leading to calls for his ouster. I’ve also dug deep into the abuse of incarcerated trans women, a story which required months of relationship building, legal review, and fact-checking. My reporting also includes quick-turn pieces including breaking the news that a California state senator would announce a repeal of the “Walking While Trans” ban.


I earned my Master of War Studies degree from King’s College London, for which I completed research on the intersection of mass media, journalism, and terrorism. I also earned my Master of Public Policy degree and B.A. in History, both from the University of Virginia, where I was a fully-funded Jefferson Scholar. I live in Brooklyn, New York with my spouse.