Welcome to my website.

After five years reporting from the Middle East, I recently relocated to Brooklyn, NY. I focus on human rights investigations, as well as coverage of energy, finance, politics, economics, the Middle East, and healthcare. My written work has been published by The Guardian, The Washington Post, New York Times, The Observer, The Telegraph, The Independent, Rappler, Forbes, New Internationalist, Your Middle East, The Financial Times’ This is Africa, and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

My photography has been published alongside my stories in the Guardian, The Washington Post, New York Times, the Observer, the Independent, New Internationalist, and Global Voices.

In 2018 I completed a Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) reporting fellowship, focusing on human trafficking and migrant rights. My resulting project, which was on mothers and stateless children living in hiding in the Gulf, was published by the Guardian.

In 2020, I was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, which it said was in recognition for my reporting on global human rights issues.

Winner of 2021 Business Reporting Award by the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA), alongside Washington Post correspondents Kareem Fahim and Joanna Slater, for our cross-border feature: Migration, in Reverse.

Winner of the professional category award in the 2022 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration, awarded by The United Nations International Labor Organization (ILO).

I’m also a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), and I’m working on an ongoing project on human trafficking.

My work has been cited in reports by the United States Department of Justice, the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, the US Congress, the United Nations’ General Assembly, the UN’s International Organization of Migration (IOM), Human Rights Watch, USAID, and HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.

In 2021, I was longlisted in the International Journalist of the Year and Print categories at the One World Media Awards.

I travel often and have reported from the UK, US, UAE, Senegal, Rwanda, the West Bank, South Africa, Tanzania, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Norway, Thailand, Nepal, Seychelles and Jordan.

I’ve been a journalist for about a decade. During this time I’ve also held staff positions with various beats including science, energy, healthcare, commodities and mergers & acquisitions.

I love to dig into subjects, no matter how technical, and write stories on issues or events that aren’t known to the public (i.e. I mostly chase scoops).

If you’d like to commission me, or collaborate on an article or project, please get in touch.

Also, if you have any tips or ideas for stories I should be looking into, I’d love to hear from you.

You can email me at katielmcque@gmail.com.

Or reach me on WhatsApp or Signal on +1 908 294 8505