Marcia Biggs is a freelance journalist who has reported from all over the world for ABC News, Fox News Channel, Al Jazeera English, and CNN. She contributes regularly to PBS NewsHour, for whom she has won a Gracie Allen Award, two First Place National Headliner Awards, a Sigma Delta Chi Award, a Deadline Award, and a New York Festivals World Medal. The Newswomen’s Club of New York awarded her the 2018 Marie Colvin Front Page Award for Foreign Correspondence. She was recently nominated for a George Foster Peabody Award for her work in Yemen.
With over a decade of experience in the Middle East, her expertise lies in covering conflict and humanitarian crises. For PBS, she covered the targeting of doctors in the Syrian civil war, the use of children in armed conflict, the looting of Syrian antiquities, as well as the plight of Syrian refugees in both the United States and the Arab World. For PBS in Iraq, she covered various stages of the battle for Mosul, documented the plight of Yazidi girls who have escaped ISIS captivity, and told the moving story of American military veterans volunteering on the front lines against ISIS. In 2018, she became one of the few television journalists to travel to Yemen, producing a four part series for PBS. Most recently, she traveled to Honduras, ground zero of the Central American migration crisis, as a new caravan set out for the United States.
Her previous war reporting includes various stages of the US war in Iraq, where she embedded with military units, as well as the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, which she covered from Beirut. In 2013, she produced an interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in addition to various stories on the Syrian refugee crisis, use of chemical weapons, and a possible American military strike.
Her documentary work includes an unprecedented series on the lives of the men and women of the Boston Police Department, a documentary that reunited the children who survived the Branch Davidian standoff at Waco, and an inside look at the team behind the acclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy from the heart of New Zealand's "Middle Earth". She also spent 10 years following the widows of 9/11 who were pregnant when their husbands died for various ABC News 9/11 specials.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she completed her Bachelors degree in History at Vanderbilt University and her Masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University of Beirut. She currently resides in New York City, where she has served as an adjunct professor at the CUNY Newmark School of Journalism.