Danielle Mackey



Based in San Salvador and sometimes New York.  Iowan.

Investigative, longform journalist interested in security and development in Central America and the U.S.

My work has appeared in The Intercept, The New Yorker, The Atlantic and The New Republic, among others.

I’m in the middle of a long-term project about security policies, gangs and violence that I began publishing last year as a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute at Brandeis University, through the Fund for Investigative Journalism. I now continue that reporting supported by an investigative journalism grant from the Fund for Constitutional Government. I’m also on a team investigating regional corruption for El Faro, in conjunction with Contra Corriente, funded by the International Women’s Media Foundation. Finally, I’m an Adjunct Lecturer at CUNY Lehman College.

I’ve spent most of the past decade in El Salvador. Former 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), or write me for Signal number. Résumé here.

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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