Alastair Leithead

Alastair Leithead ('20)
Alastair Leithead
JSK Journalism Fellow
Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya, British Broadcasting Corp., United Kingdom

Alastair Leithead is a JSK Journalism Fellow. When selected as a fellow he was the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Africa correspondent. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, he traveled and reported widely across sub-Saharan Africa for the BBC’s TV, radio and digital outlets in the United Kingdom and globally.

In 2018, he produced a first for BBC News: a virtual reality documentary on a dam Ethiopia is building across the Blue Nile and its repercussions in Sudan and Egypt. The film’s awards have included a Rose d’Or.

Focusing on big theme reporting, he most recently covered Africa’s population growth, war in the Sahara, and the connections between wildlife crime and corruption. In 2017, he won a Foreign Press Association award for his coverage of the Chibok girls’ release in Nigeria.

Previously, he was the BBC’s West Coast correspondent, based in Los Angeles, covering the U.S., and Central and South America.

leithead@stanford.edu