Madeleine Bair


Madeleine Bair is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker, and an expert on human rights video advocacy, verification of online footage, and the role of citizen video in exposing abuse and bringing about justice. At the international human rights organization, WITNESS, Madeleine’s work is dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of eyewitness video as a tool for human rights. She led the Webby-nominated Human Rights Channel and is lead author of the organization’s groundbreaking Ethical Guidelines for Using Eyewitness Video in Human Rights.

Before joining WITNESS, Madeleine served as an I.F. Stone Fellow with Human Rights Watch’s multimedia team, where she created videos and podcasts to accompany field reports of researchers. She has traveled the world as a print, radio, and multimedia reporter. Her stories have appeared in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Orion, and broadcast on PRI's The World. Her documentary film on a first-generation high school graduate aired on the public television program, POV, as part of its Latino Graduates series.

Madeleine earned a dual MA in Journalism and International Studies from UC Berkeley, and a BA from the University of Chicago.