Mary Fitzgerald is a writer specialising in the Euro-Mediterranean region with a particular focus on Libya. Arriving in Benghazi days after anti-Gaddafi protests erupted there in February 2011, she spent several months on the ground in Libya reporting on the uprising that followed. She has worked on Libya since then and lived there in 2014.
She has conducted research on Libya for the International Crisis Group (ICG) and the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). She has written on Libya for publications including the Economist, Foreign Policy, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Guardian, Monocle, and Roads & Kingdoms. She is a contributing author to an edited volume on the Libyan revolution and its aftermath published by Oxford University Press.
As a journalist, Mary began her career reporting on post-conflict Northern Ireland, covering paramilitary feuds and the sectarianism that endured beyond the 1998 peace agreement. She spent seven years as a roving foreign correspondent for the Irish Times, reporting from more than 40 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia including Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia Congo among others. She now lives in Marseille.