Cathy Otten is an award-winning British journalist and author based in Iraqi Kurdistan 2013-17. She is the author of With Ash On Their Faces: Yezidi Women and the Islamic State (OR books 2017) described by the The Los Angeles Review of Books as: "The best kind of humanist journalism: lucid, transparent, grimly realistic.… (N)o book has covered it better.” When not reporting features for newspapers and magazines, Cathy can be found giving talks about journalism and her book at universities and institutes across the world.

She is hostile environment trained and a member of the NUJ, the Bureau for Investigative Reporting and the Frontline Freelance Registry. In 2018, Cathy won the One World Media New Voice Award for her coverage of Trump's Muslim ban and the war with ISIS for Politico and the New Yorker, and was nominated for the Print Award for her Guardian reporting. "Her work spoke to the very best dedication to her craft and her subjects," said the judges. She was a Spring 2018 Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good and a finalist for the Kurt Schork Memorial Award for courage in journalism.

With Ash on Their Faces was named one of the New Internationalist's Ten Best Books of December 2017 and was listed among the Best Human Rights Books of 2017. The London School of Economics called her book  "An intense and morally needed chronicle of the Yazidis’ battle for survival, providing evidence for one of the most brutal acts of barbarity of this century and, from this, perhaps leading to something verging on accountability."  The Times Correspondent Anthony Loyd wrote: "Otten tells the Yazidis' remarkable story with a deft and detailed hand in this revealing account of suffering, endurance and survival. An essential read for anyone interested in the plight and resilience of one of Iraq's most persecuted minorities."


Contact Cathy at cathyotten [at] gmail [dot] com on twitter @cathyotten