Renee Lewis is a reporter who has worked and traveled all over the world. She began her career as a field reporter based in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories — covering life under military occupation.
In 2011, Renee began an internship with Al Jazeera English at its headquarters in Doha, Qatar. She worked as an online producer in the In Depth and News departments for the next two years.
In 2013, Al Jazeera America was established, and Renee was one of a handful of AJE employees chosen to transfer to New York City to launch the company’s new website aimed at an American audience. There, she covered climate change amid a sea-change in attitudes among Americans on the issue: Beginning at a time when most in the U.S. were still unsure if the phenomenon was even “real” and ending in 2016 after the entire world united to sign a global treaty in Paris to tackle the issue.
In the summer of 2014, Renee followed the new civil rights movement that emerged among American youth in the wake of the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. His death at the hands of a white police officer sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and racism. The protests launched the Black Lives Matter movement — which Renee covered as it spread across the country and adopted diverse methods of protest and contributed to real reforms in the justice system.
Renee has been deployed by Al Jazeera to cover environmental stories in the Marshall Islands, Dominican Republic, and the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
She has completed a one-week Hazardous Environment Training (HET) course in which she learned how to limit risk while reporting in dangerous areas and basic field trauma first aid.