Reporting on Human Rights, Conflict and Post-Conflict Nations

About Amy

Amy Costello is an Emmy nominated television and radio reporter. For five years she was the Africa Correspondent for The World, a co-production of the BBC World Service, Public Radio International and WGBH Boston. Her stories were heard by millions of listeners across the United States and around the globe.

For her reporting from Africa, Amy was a finalist for the Livingston Award, the largest all-media, general reporting prizes in U.S. journalism. Her PBS television story, “Sudan: The Quick and the Terrible” was nominated for a 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Feature Story in a News Magazine.

Amy spent five years traveling extensively across Africa, producing in-depth, documentary-style radio reports on topics ranging from child labor in Ivory Coast to sex abuse among UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone. She has reported extensively on children in Africa, including stories on child laborers in Ivory Coast, AIDS orphans in South Africa, and Ethiopian children bound for adoptive homes in the United States.

Amy also visited Darfur, Sudan to investigate allegations of genocide for the PBS television program, FRONTLINE/World. During her three-week tour, Amy traveled with rebel soldiers, African Union troops, and civilians who had been displaced by the violence. She confronted militias and government officials accused of carrying out the genocide.

Amy was a producer at National Public Radio for three years before moving to South Africa in 2001.

Amy now lives in New York. She has worked as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, her alma mater. She is now the host of a podcast series called Tiny Spark.