Elena Cresci is a freelance journalist and presenter based in London. Her work has been published by the Guardian, Channel 4 News, BBC Wales, S4C and WalesOnline.
Her speciality is writing about the internet and digital culture and all the ways it has invaded our day-to-day lives.
At the Guardian, she worked on several projects including monitoring British ISIS fighters in Syria on social media, writing about digital culture and the stranger corners of the internet as well as debunking viral hoaxes. Her work collecting stories from Guardian readers included running a series showing the human side of the NHS, documenting the difficulties mental health patients face seeking treatment on the NHS and writing about a generation locked out of the housing market.
Since 2016 she has been one of the faces of Hansh, a digital channel for young Welsh-speakers. As a George Weidenfeld bursary delegate in Hamburg, she created a series for Spiegel’s youth orientated site Bento called ‘Germany, We Need To Talk’. She’s presented live for BBC Wales and featured regularly as a pundit on BBC radio.
In 2018, she will be part of a Welsh-language anthology called Codi Llais, a book about Wales and feminism.
In her spare time, she’s a seamstress and Muay Thai boxer. In 2018, she raised more than £1,000 for the NSPCC in a charity boxing match (which she won, so no messing).
She’ll try anything once, including writing in the third person.