About Shannon Egan

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Shannon spent two years (2004-2006) working in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, as a freelance journalist for IRIN News of the United Nations. During that time she traveled throughout the country to cover a variety of humanitarian issues, including the genocide in Darfur. 

In Sudan, Shannon also taught the third grade for British Educational Schools and Unity High School, and wrote for various international and national publications, including Forced Migration Review, the Khartoum Monitor, and Al Bab

In 2007, Shannon moved to New York City and wrote for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). While working for UNPFA, she reported on issues that affect women and young people during humanitarian crises, such as sexual and reproductive health, and gender-based violence.

Shannon’s reports on humanitarian crises, including those in the Pacific IslandsDominican Republic of CongoKenya, and Nepal, played a critical role in raising awareness about support for women in order to ensure the health, security, and well-being of families and communities.

In early 2007, Shannon established a contract with Fifi Oscard, a renowned literary agency. While living in New York, Shannon worked closely with her agent to develop a book based on her experiences in Sudan. Throughout this process, Shannon’s ongoing struggle with drug and alcohol addiction worsened, and as a result she lost the contract. (Read more about her addiction and recovery story here: recovery is possible).

Today, Shannon is a multiple time award-winning grant writer, raising nearly three million in funds for US based addiction recovery organizations.  She is celebrating six years in long-term recovery and works as Marketing, Communications and Development Consultant for Addiction Recovery Organizations world-wide. She offers affordable and innovative growth campaigns in order to help organizations expand their reach, and in turn, facilitate a positive conversation around America's crisis.

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Shannon works to affect public and private policy changes at the local, state, and federal level in order to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction as well as barriers to sustaining long-term recovery.  She has worked for a variety of national and international addiction recovery organizations, including Recovery Africa in Ghana. 

In her spare time, host Create & CONQUER a video blog on YouTube to inspire creativity in recovery and support the passion projects of people all around the world.    

In 2015, Shannon published her first book, No Tourists Allowed: Seeking Inner Peace & Sobriety in War-Torn Sudan. She is currently working on a second book, Sex, Drugs & Recovery, which follows the events of No Tourists Allowed, focusing on her spiral into addiction and recovery process.