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 which I began publishing as a 2018 senior fellow at Brandeis University through the Fund for Investigative Journalism. I’m currently 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 the CUNY Lehman College Now program.

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), or write me for Signal number. 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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