Andrea Crossan

Andrea Crossan is the former Executive Producer of The World.

Andrea Crossan is the former Executive Producer of The World and former series director of the Across Women's Lives project. Andrea moved to Boston after working as a BBC producer in London. Before joining the BBC, she worked for a number of news organizations, including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Associated Press and NBC News.Andrea has reported from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Uganda, South Africa, Pakistan, India, Brazil, Canada, Nicaragua and Kenya. She has a Master's degree in International Journalism from City University London.She collects stamps in her passport and can pack for a three-week trip using just a carry-on bag. 


Why taking a sunflower selfie this year might cost you

The sunflower selfie has become so popular that Instagrammers have been trampling farmer’s flowers to get the perfect pic. And that has farmers annoyed.

Medium close up of Mo Korchinski sitting in a coffee shop.

Many women come out of prison with almost nothing. This woman helps them through the first 72 hours.

X-ray conveyor belt with luggage.

She was arrested for carrying a suitcase lined with cocaine into Canada. Her court case changed the law.

Two men and two women stand together next to a court house.

Can First Nations Court stop Indigenous women from ending up in prison?

Close up of the back of a woman's head looking out onto a skating rink

A Ugandan in Canada learns to skate

Mother and daughter

Working in a garment factory may not bring this mother and daughter long-term economic stability


Rongmala Begum, like many of Bangladesh’s garment workers, doesn’t know how old she is. She doesn’t have a birth certificate, which is common for the rural poor here. She thinks she’s in her 40s. She has an identification card, but she can’t read it. Begum is illiterate.

Garment workers

Are factories better in Bangladesh after Rana Plaza? That depends on who you ask.


The Rana Plaza collapse made companies and consumers more aware of working conditions in the clothing factories. In some places, reforms have made workers safer, but the changes are far from universal.

Thai women sitting on a sidewalk in El Monte, California

How a sweatshop raid in an LA suburb changed the American garment industry


In the early hours of Aug. 2, 1995, authorities raided an apartment complex in El Monte and found 72 Thai workers, including Rotchana Sussman, living in virtual slavery while making clothing.

Water falls from a pipe onto the street. A woman in the background is bent at the waist and washes her hair in the running water, while a man holds a child and watches the woman.

We asked Puerto Ricans about their future plans. Many want to stay and rebuild.


Hear directly from some of them.


Meet the women combing through Puerto Rico, searching for veterans in need


The VA team goes from one hurricane shelter to another, assisting veterans.