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Sabra Ayres' diverse portfolio spans nearly two decades and several continents, with bylines from Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan, and across the United States and Europe. Sabra covered Ukraine from 2013 to 2017, including the Maidan revolution, Russia's annexation of Crimea and the war in Donbas. She was the Moscow Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times from 2017 to 2020. Sabra covered Texas politics and the response to the global pandemic for Spectrum News 1 in Dallas before returning to Ukraine in late 2022 as the Chief Correspondent for The Associated Press. Her work has been published in Vanity Fair, The Guardian, Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera America, Columbia Journalism Review, and The New Republic, and she has been a guest on CNN, NPR and BBC radio. She is the winner of the 2016 Front Page Award for Best Foreign Correspondence, and a 2016 fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation, during which time she researched Russian disinformation campaigns in the Balkans and Eastern Europe.
In addition to reporting and writing, Sabra has extensive experience in journalism teaching and training. She has taught journalism at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul and was a visiting professor at the India Institute of Journalism and New Media in Bangalore.
Sabra was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine from 1995-97.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
2017 - Winner, Belarus in Focus Journalism Competition
2016 - Front Page Award, Marie Colvin Award for Best Foreign Correspondence
2016 - Grantee, International Women's Media Foundation's
Howard G. Buffet Fund for Women Journalists
2015 - Kathryn Davis Fellowship - Middlebury College
2005 - Arthur F. Burns Fellowship - Stuttgart, Germany
M.S. Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism
B.S. University of Vermont