Eoghan Macguire is the lead editor of the open source investigative site, Bellingcat. He leads a team of editors and social media producers, while also working with dozens of investigators to bring stories of significant public interest around the world to light. He and his colleagues oversaw Bellingcat’s award winning investigations into the poisoning of Alexei Navalny by a state-backed assassination team, the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by IDF forces and long-term editorial projects monitoring incidents of civilian harm during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. During his tenure, Bellingcat has almost doubled its annual readership and more than doubled its social media following while continuing to produce hard hitting investigations that pioneer new methods of open source reporting. Previously he worked at CNN and NBC News as a reporter, feature writer and editor.
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