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. Storyteller.

My work has appeared in The Intercept, The New Yorker.com, Foreign Policy, The New Republic.com, and Le Monde Diplomatique, 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 also part-time staff of the research teams at The Intercept and Field of Vision, where I’ve contributed to features like these and films like these.

I’ve spent most of the past decade in El Salvador. Former teacher, NGO-worker and horse trainer.

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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