Holly Young

Reporter, editor and podcaster


Holly Young is an award-winning freelance journalist and podcaster currently based in Berlin. Her reporting focuses on refugees, human rights issues, and the humanitarian system. She has also written widely about mental health, language, technology, cities and education.

Originally from Edinburgh, Holly spent four years working for the Guardian in London as an editor, commissioner and writer. During this time she was deputy editor of the Global Development Professionals section, editor of the language section, and the launch editor of a successful series on psychology and learning. She has also produced film, podcasts, and interactive features for the Guardian. She focuses on features and long-form reporting and produces photography to accompany her work. 

In 2015 Holly won the AidEx Humanitarian Reporting Award for her coverage of refugee mental health support in Sicily. The same year, after being awarded a fellowship from the International Journalism Programme, she worked for two months at Die Tageszeitung in Berlin.

In 2016 Holly was awarded a European Journalism Fellowship with the Freie Universität in Berlin to document the experiences of refugees living in the city's emergency shelters. Since becoming full-time freelance in September 2017 she has written for Guardian, Telegraph, The Local, Al Jazeera, IRIN, Info Migrants and Deutsche Welle

In April 2018 Holly was the first person selected for the Ground Truth Podcast Incubator in Boston. Her audio documentary on interpreters in the asylum system will be aired in September 2018 on the award-winning Ground Truth Podcast series. 

Holly is the editor of a book by Canadian photographer Alexa Vachon to be published at the end of 2018. 

After studying Modern History at Oxford University, Holly completed a masters in Contemporary South Asian Studies, also at Oxford University. She received a first-class distinction and was awarded the annual Barbara Harriss-White Award for her research on Dharavi slum in Mumbai.

Holly is always looking for story tips and commissions - get in touch.