Tecee Boley is a leading Liberian print and radio reporter who has produced work for World Policy Journal, Reuters, World Vision Report, and United Nations Radio. She is a senior reporter at FrontPage Africa and is a New Narratives – Women Reporting Africa fellow. Tecee broke stories on the rise of child rape and unsafe abortions, which prompted UN investigations into the use of child prostitutes by UN peacekeepers and calls from Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to lawmakers to pass laws designed to protect women and children. In 2011, she was awarded the Development Journalism Award by the Press Union of Liberia. Tecee lives in Monrovia, Liberia.
In 2014 she was one of the first African journalists chosen to attend the University of Witswatersrand as a Konrad Adnaeur Stiftung scholar. In 2011 she won a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grant to travel to World Water Week in Sweden and to report on Liberia’s troubled progress on water and sanitation. She has continued to expose problems in this area for Pulitzer. In 2012, Tecee was chosen by Thomson Reuters to attend Business and Economics Reporting training in London and by the US State Department for a reporting trip to Washington D.C. and Texas. In August 2012, she was named the International Journalism Network’s Journalist of the Month.
In 2011 Tecee was awarded Liberia’s Development Reporter of the year, one of only three women who had won national reporting awards in Liberia to that point. Her reporting on issues such as unsafe abortions, teenage prostitution, maternal health issues and foreign resource company misdeeds has prompted investigations by the United Nations and government. She has contributed to the PBS NewsHour, World Policy Journal, Reuters and US public radio.
Tecee’s drive to be a journalist came during the years she spent growing up in refugee camps during Liberia’s long civil wars. She saw violence against women and children that was never reported.