Gregory Scruggs


Gregory Scruggs is a journalist based in Seattle. He has a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a master's degree from Columbia University. A specialist in Latin America and the Caribbean, he was a Fulbright scholar in Brazil. His coverage of the Habitat III summit and global urbanization won a 2017 United Nations Correspondent Association award. He coordinates the Seattle chapter of the Solutions Journalism Network.

Latest Articles

UN to development community: Think urban for the SDGs
16 Feb 2018

As the international community gears up to review global progress toward Sustainable Development Goal 11, the so-called “urban SDG,” urban development issues are increasingly seen by many as essential to deliver on the entire 2030 agenda. At the World Urban Forum in Malaysia, the message was clear: "We need to get our cities right."

Q&A: Global Impact chief on how and where US workers give to charity
8 Dec 2017

Scott Jackson helms Global Impact, based in Washington, D.C., which fundraises for international humanitarian causes and has raised $1.8 billion since it was founded in 1956. At the Global Washington summit he spoke to Devex about how, where and why American workers give to development and humanitarian causes.

Q&A: Dr Alaa Murabit on pushing the SDGs alongside Messi and Shakira
7 Dec 2017

The 28-year-old founder of Voice of Libyan Women is the only United Nations high-level commissioner under the age of 45. In her Sustainable Development Goal advocate role she sits alongside superstars such as Argentine football player Lionel Messi and Colombian singer Shakira. She talked to Devex at the Global Washington summit about feminism, the role of celebrities in development, and what makes a truly female-empowering foreign policy.

How to defend aid in the Trump era: Try national security, business, and faith
6 Dec 2017

The Trump administration's America First stance and proposed deep cuts to the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development have left many looking for tactics to defend overseas spending. Try national security, business opportunities or religious faith, experts tell the Global Washington summit.

Seattle leaders warn US development community: 'Global is not just out there'
5 Dec 2017

Key leaders at the Global Washington summit warned the professional development community in the United States that domestic humanitarian problems such as homelessness, poverty, refugee resettlement, and immigrant deportation should occupy more of their attention.

Goal 11: The opportunities of the urban SDG
25 Sep 2015

The adoption of the the sustainable development goals brings a renewed focus on urbanization, and this could bring a sea change in how aid happens, Citiscope's Carey L. Biron and Greg Scruggs share in this guest commentary.