I’m Nora Neus, an Emmy-nominated producer, writer, and freelance journalist. My multidisciplinary work is focused on some of our world’s most challenging issues. It aims to amplify voices and motivate change.

People-centered reporting for a more equitable world

I explore challenging issues through a trauma-informed lens because, ultimately, this work is about hope. Hope for a more just world.

I wrote my first hard-hitting piece on the family computer: “Local boy throws corn at sister.” (Yes, I was the sister.) My work now spans television news, documentary filmmaking, graphic novels, non-fiction, and podcasts. All of my people-centered storytelling aims to amplify marginalized voices and motivate change.

My passion for ethical journalism as a critical component of democracy has taken me from local news to CNN. Now I’m continuing my work as a freelance journalist, producer, and writer to reach adult and young people through national publications, books, and speaking engagements.

Since I was a kid, I’ve understood journalism as critical for creating a more just world.

A values-driven freelance journalist


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Some of these projects took months or, in some cases, years of relationship building, fact checking, and legal review. My reporting also includes quick-turn pieces on breaking news on related topics. I’ve transformed these experiences into dynamic presentations ranging from discussions of the Syrian civil war for adult audiences to media literacy presentations for K12 students.

  • Race and policing in America, including police brutality
  • The rise of white nationalism and the Far Right in the US
  • LGBTQ+ history, rights, and resistance
  • The school shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde
  • The start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022 on the ground in Ukraine
  • Citizen journalism and the Syrian civil war from Turkey for my book Muhammad Najem, War Reporter
  • The 2019 earthquakes in Puerto Rico
  • The treatment of incarcerated trans women

I have produced and reported on the ground on issues and events including:

I started my career reporting local news in Charlottesville. Since then, I’ve produced over 3,400 hours of live television at CNN in New York. Now, I'm an independent reporter covering major national and international news for outlets including VICE News, POLITICO Magazine, Poynter, Teen Vogue, and more.

From local news to the top cable news network, I’ve been on the ground and in the room for some of the biggest stories of the past decade.

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In addition to being a freelance journalist, I bring people-centered storytelling to producing, speaking, and more.

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