Margot Cohen

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Feature Writing
  • Solutions Journalism
  • Public Health Reporting
  • Culture in India and Southeast Asia


Margot seeks to instill respect for rigorous journalism that probes multiple perspectives. Over the course of her career, she has specialised in feature writing, with an accent on cultural topics that reflect social concerns. Her reporting experience includes stints in the US, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and India. She has worked as a staff correspondent for The Far Eastern Economic Review and served as the Vietnam correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.

Born in New York, she holds a BA in Intellectual History from the University of Pennsylvania. She attended the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute at Cornell University. Margot has cultivated an interest in longform narratives, particularly related to dance, theatre and music. 

In recent years, she has also adopted a new approach called Solutions Journalism, which highlights constructive responses to public health issues, conflict and environmental degradation. Drawing on community efforts to tackle grassroots concerns, Margot has led training sessions for young journalists in Indonesia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.