Danielle Mackey



Investigative, longform journalist in Central America and the U.S. I’ve spent most of the past twelve years in El Salvador.

My work has appeared online in The Intercept, The New Yorker and The Atlantic, among others. I’m a contributor to the Honduran outlet Contra Corriente.

For the past four years, I’ve focused my reporting on policing, gangs and security policies in El Salvador, including the US’ role, and I continue publishing within that focus. I’ve conducted this project on grants from the Fund for Constitutional Government, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, and a Senior Fellow appointment at the Schuster Institute at Brandeis University. I’m also on a team of Central American reporters in a multi-year investigation into regional corruption, supported editorially by the Centro Latinoamericano de Investigación Periodística and financially by the International Women’s Media Foundation. Finally, I’m an adjunct professor in the journalism department at the City University of New York, CUNY, in the Bronx.

Fed by a steady diet of essays and crónicas, writing by feminists and queer folks and BIPOC, genre-benders, and the work of my fellow freelancers, who somehow stay afloat to keep us all informed.

Former NGO-worker and horse trainer. Alum of the NYU master’s program in Global Journalism and Latin American Studies. Property of the sassiest Salvadoran cat.


Foto: Martín Cálix, Contra Corriente

Contact me via email (dmack08@gmail.com), or write me for Signal number. Résumé here. I don’t have Twitter or Facebook.

PGP: 3AA4 8D50 809F ADB2 0A1C CCB1 B524 CDEB 5528 528A

Member:  Expert Network, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.
Investigative Reporters & Editors.
National Lesbian & Gay Journalists’ Association.

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