Ashley Bates

Ashley Bates

Ashley is arguably the only Middle East journalist who dislikes hummus. She spent five months in Gaza living on special orders of powdered skim milk that were smuggled through Rafah's tunnels. She dances dabke, jumps with klezmers, and speaks colloquial Arabic in an authentic Chicago accent.

Full Bio | Get my RSS |

Ashley's writing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict investigates political and humanitarian controversies, and chronicles stories of civilians enduring extraordinary traumas and hardships. Ashley has reported from Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza for diverse publications, including: The Nation, The Jerusalem Post, Ha'aretz, Huffington Post, The Marker, Global Post, Palestine Note, and Columbia Journalism Review. She's also worked as the program director of a dialogue camp for Israeli, Palestinian, and American teenagers. Ashley received a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School and served as a Peace Corps youth leadership trainer in Salt, Jordan.