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About me

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I’m an Emmy-nominated and duPont Columbia award-winning journalist and filmmaker. I regularly report on Channel 4’s critically acclaimed foreign affairs series Unreported World and their flagship show Dispatches. My work has taken me from the Ebola Zone in Sierra Leone to Iran where I reported on the country’s first ever Islamic online dating institute.

When I’m not in front of the camera for Channel 4, I’m producing and directing for other outlets, most notably David Beckham: For the Love of the Game which aired on BBC1. I also regularly produce debates alongside the World Economic Forum in Davos.

In 2015 I was invited to speak at a TEDx event in London where I recounted my experience as the first filmmaker on the ground in West Africa to document the Ebola epidemic.

Before chasing my journalism dream, I trained as an accountant with KPMG in Dublin.

Awards

duPont Award

duPont Columbia Award winner 2016 for ‘Ebola Outbreak’

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Emmy nomination in 2015 for ‘Ebola Outbreak’

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Long listed in New Voice Award category in 2016

Documentary Reviews

“In this unsettling documentary, an undercover campaigner is told by a psychiatrist in China that cold showers, jogging and electric shock therapy can ‘correct’ homosexuality”

China’s Gay Shock Therapy reviewed in the Guardian

“Human Misery and Menace, Run Amok…disturbing, evidence of flawed responses to disasters of very different kinds.”

Ebola Outbreak reviewed in the New York Times

“Shaunagh Connaire and Wael Dabbous’s short film is a chilling and bleak one. It is also brave – there must have been some risk involved. And it is important”

Surviving Ebola reviewed in the Guardian

Viewer Response

Speaking events

I’m an experienced and enthusiastic speaker. I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak at TEDx Women and since then I’ve moderated and spoken on various different occasions including the national youth forum of South Korea, Chatham House, Amnesty International’s student media summit and Accenture where I spoke about gender equality.

If you’d like me to speak at your event or run a workshop, drop me an email, or reach out on messenger.

TedX

Lynn Tabbara

From the moment she stepped on stage, she grabbed the room’s attention and left us hungry for more. Her words reached the audience’s hearts and minds. She will never cease to inspire me and push me to become a better person.

TEDx

2016-02-11T08:50:51+00:00

TEDx

TedX
From the moment she stepped on stage, she grabbed the room’s attention and left us hungry for more. Her words reached the audience’s hearts and minds. She will never cease to inspire me and push me to become a better person.
Amnesty International

Niall Couper

Among more than 20 speakers, Shaunagh received some of the best feedback from the students, citing her engaging style and generosity of spirit. In brief, she is an excellent foreign reporter, a great speaker and a top person to boot!

Amnesty International

2016-01-19T12:56:08+00:00

Amnesty International

Amnesty International
Among more than 20 speakers, Shaunagh received some of the best feedback from the students, citing her engaging style and generosity of spirit. In brief, she is an excellent foreign reporter, a great speaker and a top person to boot!
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James Poston

We had a fantastic session with Shaunagh. The powerful anecdotes from the daring work she’s done were threaded together with a wonderful wit and humour, creating a talk that was at once entertaining and moving.

Accenture

2016-01-19T12:56:50+00:00

Accenture

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We had a fantastic session with Shaunagh. The powerful anecdotes from the daring work she’s done were threaded together with a wonderful wit and humour, creating a talk that was at once entertaining and moving.
Robert Ivens, Head of Legal for M&S

Robert Ivens

I thought Shaunagh’s talk was jaw-dropping - her enthusiasm combined with those clips had us all spell-bound. A great way to finish the day.

Head of Legal for Marks & Spencer

2016-12-02T16:15:29+00:00

Head of Legal for Marks & Spencer

Robert Ivens, Head of Legal for M&S
I thought Shaunagh’s talk was jaw-dropping - her enthusiasm combined with those clips had us all spell-bound. A great way to finish the day.