Ryan Lenora Brown is The Christian Science Monitor's Africa correspondent, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her reporting interests skew long, narrative, and offbeat, with a particular interest in African feminisms and African migrants. She has reported from nearly two dozen countries on the continent, and in addition to The Monitor has been published in The Washington Post,The New York Times Magazine, Runners World, Newsweek, The Atlantic CityLab, ForeignPolicy.com, The Daily Beast, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Al Jazeera, U.S. News and World Report, and The Guardian, among others. From 2015 to 2018, Ryan was a fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation's Africa Great Lakes reporting initiative. She is also also a former Fulbright fellow to South Africa (2011/12), an International Reporting Project fellow to Sierra Leone (2016) and Senegal (2017), a Wits China-Africa fellow to Lesotho (2016), and a Kathryn Davis Fellow For Peace at the Middlebury Language Schools (2019).
Ryan holds a Masters in African Studies from the University of Oxford and a Bachelors in history from Duke University, and is originally from Denver, Colorado. She lives in Johannesburg with her partner and two excellent dogs.