Ian Urbina is a Washington-based writer and investigative reporter, primarily for The New York Times. His writings cover varied topics, from domestic and foreign policy to commentary on everyday life, and have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and Harper’s.
In 2015, his “The Outlaw Ocean” series caught international attention when it ran in The New York Times. The series describes the everyday crime and violence that occurs in international waters, from slavery in the fishing industry to stolen ships. As a Safina Center Fellow, Urbina will use his reporting materials from this series to undertake a speaking tour, presenting to three key groups: the corporate community, universities and artists. Urbina hopes his Outlaw Oceans Speaking Tour spurs action in the U.S. and abroad to better protect the oceans for the sake of marine life and the people who work at sea.