Deborah Scroggins (November 27, 1961 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American journalist and author. A graduate of Tulane University and Columbia University, she was a reporter and editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from 1987 to 1998. Her book Emma's War: An Aid Worker, Radical Islam and the Politics of Oil - A True Story of Love and Death in the Sudan is about Emma McCune, a British aid worker who married Sudanese warlord Riek Machar. It won the 2003 Ron Ridenhour Award for Truth-Telling. Director Tony Scott had planned to direct a film based on the book and initial reports indicated that Nicole Kidman would star as McCune. The project was in development at the time of Scott's death in 2012; its fate following Scott's death remains unclear.
Scroggins has also written a second book: Wanted Women: Faith, Lies, and the War on Terror: The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui, an examination of the militant Islam movement through the lives of two women on opposite sides of the spectrum: Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui.
- Bio and articles from The Nation
- Ridenhour Prize bio
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- SIPA Alumna Deborah Scroggins Wins Ron Ridenhour Truth-telling Award, Columbia News
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