Ian Urbina is the director of The Outlaw Ocean Project, a non-profit journalism organization based in Washington D.C. that produces investigative stories about human rights, environment and labor concerns on the two thirds of the planet covered by water.
Before founding The Outlaw Ocean Project, Urbina spent roughly 17 years as a staff reporter for The New York Times. He has received various journalism awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, a George Polk Award and an Emmy nomination. Several of his investigations have also been converted into major motion pictures.
The Secretive Prisons That Keep Migrants Out of EuropeThe New Yorker
Purgatory at SeaThe Atlantic
A Slaughter At Sea, A Grainy Video And Justice DelayedThe Washington Post
The Deadly Presence of China’s Invisible ArmadaNBC News
Fish Farming is Feeding the Globe. What’s the Cost for Locals?The New Yorker
The Secret Life of PasswordsThe New York Times Magazine
Using Jailed Migrants as a Pool of Cheap LaborThe New York Times
Get KonyVanity Fair
Piles of Dirty Secrets Behind a Model ‘Clean Coal’ ProjectThe New York Times
The Capricious Use of Solitary Confinement Against Detained ImmigrantsThe Atlantic
The Outlaw Ocean (Series)The New York Times
Drilling Down (A Series)The New York Times
For Youths, a Grim Tour on Magazine CrewsThe New York Times
Panel Suggests Using Inmates in Drug TrialsThe New York Times
In the Treatment of Diabetes, Success Often Does Not PayThe New York Times
Stars and StripesHarper’s Magazine
In 2011, Urbina’s reporting was part of a story optioned for the film, Deepwater Horizon with Mark Wahlberg.Reporting Adapted to Film
Machine Gun Preacher
In 2010, Urbina wrote a profile for Vanity Fair magazine on Sam Childers, a former Hell's Angel and gun runner, turned born-again Christian preacher, who joined the guerrilla fighters in South Sudan. Urbina traveled with Childers and a militia in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, after he was ostensibly hired to kill a brutal warlord named Joseph Kony, leader of a group called the Lord's Resistance Army. In 2011, Childers' life story became the basis of a movie called Machine Gun Preacher, starring Gerard Butler.Reporting Adapted to Film
The Outlaw Ocean Project
A non-profit journalism organization based in Washington D.C. that produces investigative stories about human rights, environment and labor concerns on the two thirds of the planet covered by water.
The Outlaw Ocean Music Project
A global effort to collaborate with musicians for the purpose of disseminating the outlaw ocean reporting to a younger and more diverse audience.