Munkhchimeg Davaasharav (Muugii)

Munkhchimeg is an independent, award-winning journalist based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She started her career as an economic journalist with one of the leading Mongolian newspapers, “Unuudur” (Today), in 2008. Since then, she has contributed to prominent print media in Mongolia and also worked as a fixer and stringer for international media outlets such as Reuters, The New York Times and The Guardian.

Munkhchimeg has several years of experience training and coaching journalists on ethics and accuracy. While working with the Press Institute of Mongolia as a journalism trainer, she contributed to the development of training curriculums for reporting on gender-based violence. With the Gender Equality Center of Mongolia, she trained and coached 20 women journalists and developed the editor’s guidebook “Investigating Sexual Violence, Harassment and Human Trafficking,” which was the first resource for journalists on the topic published in Mongolian.

In 2018, Munkhchimeg co-founded the Mongolian Center for Investigative Reporters, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of journalism by supporting local journalists with training, coaching, research and networking.

Munkhchimeg graduated from Ivanovo State University in Russia as a journalist and was selected to participate in the Future Media Management Program with the Stockholm School of Economics, Riga, Latvia. She attended the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State’s premiere professional exchange program.

Munkhchimeg lives with her husband and three daughters in Ulaanbaatar.