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Abigail Fielding-Smith joined The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in 2014 after six years as a reporter in the Middle East, during which she covered the Arab Spring and subsequent civil war in Syria for the Financial Times. She was awarded a UK Foreign Press Award in 2013 for her role in a Financial Times investigation into Gulf funding for Syrian rebels. Before going into journalism, she was a commissioning editor for politics and international affairs titles at IB Tauris, a leading independent nonfiction publisher. She is head of editorial development at Coda Story, a digital platform for international crisis reporting.