Leila Barghouty

Investigative Reporter

Leila Barghouty is an investigative journalist based in New York. She primarily covers law enforcement, detention, and armed forces, with a special focus on public records and accountability.

She currently works on investigating local law enforcement with The Stanford Open Policing Project, which in 2019 published the first and still the most comprehensive database of U.S. pedestrian and traffic stops. She is one of few reporters to regularly report from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, covering conditions of detention and the military tribunals of alleged Al Qaeda combatants. Before that, she worked on the ground in Syrian refugee camps in Europe.

Her writing has appeared in Slate, Vice News, Bustle, The Outline, and Roads & Kingdoms, and she has produced documentaries for Al Jazeera, National Geographic, Vice News, and CNN.