Danielle Mackey



Based in San Salvador and sometimes New York.  Iowan.

Investigative journalist interested in security and development in Central America and the U.S. I watch what happens around those two concepts.

My work has appeared in The Intercept, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and The New Republic, among others. I’m four years into a long-term project about security policies, gangs and violence which I’ll begin publishing as pieces throughout 2018, as a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. I’m a contributor to The Intercept, where I was formerly remote staff of the research team, supporting features like these and films like these. And finally, through July 2019 I’m one of three journalists on an investigation into regional corruption for El Faro, in conjunction with Contra Corriente, funded by the International Women’s Media Foundation and El Faro.

I’ve spent most of the past decade in El Salvador. Former teacher, NGO-worker and horse trainer. Alum of NYU Global Journalism/Latin American Studies master’s program.

Fan of the Latin American cuento & crónica; property of the sassiest Salvadoran cat; have discovered life’s one objective truth: it’s always time for more coffee.


Contact me via email (dmack08@gmail.com, danielle.mackey@theintercept.com), Twitter, Facebook, or email for Signal. Résumé here.

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

P.S. Dear teenage boys of Twitter: I am not Danielle Mackey the gamer. I’m sure she’s great, but it’s for you guys that I use this damn three-name byline. Cheers.


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