Sally Hayden

Award winning Freelance Journalist

Sally is an Irish journalist focused on migration, human rights and humanitarian crises. She has reported across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, for outlets including VICE News, BBC, TIME, the Guardian, Newsweek, the Washington Post, Al Jazeera, CNN International, NBC News, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Irish Times, RTÉ and many more. 
Since August, she has been in daily contact with refugees locked in Libyan detention centres, who use hidden phones to send her information on what’s happening there, and her ongoing Twitter thread documenting it has been viewed more than 4 million times. 
In 2018, Sally won first prize in the European Migration Media Awards, best ‘foreign coverage’ at the Newsbrands Irish Journalism Awards, and was a finalist for the Amnesty International Gaby Rado Award for Best New Journalist, the Kurt Schork Awards for International Journalism, the Frontline Club Awards, the One World Media Awards, and named a ‘Rising Star’ by the US News Media Alliance. She was also a member of Transparency International’s Anti-Corruption Award Committee, and listed in the Forbes ’30 Under 30′ for Media in Europe, 2019. 

My Sessions

Mojo: A voice for the voiceless

Bailey Allen Auditorium

From the early days of the Arab Spring it was apparent that there were two key drivers for the coverage of the revolution – smartphones and social media. We heard from Waad AlKateab during the keynote on day one how smartphones and subsequently DLSRs were pivotal to those trapped, like Waad, in Aleppo at the […]