I’m a member of The New Yorker‘s editorial staff, based in New York.

From 2008 until 2021, I lived mostly in El Salvador and was a freelance investigative, longform reporter. My work has appeared online in The New Yorker, The New Republic and The Atlantic, among others. I still write and speak as an independent journalist.

My ongoing projects include a series of investigations into narco-activity and corruption in Honduras, with Contracorriente, supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism, Columbia University’s Center for Mexico and Central America, and the Centro Latinoamericano de Investigación Periodística. Another project involves policing, gangs, and non-carceral and tertiary responses to violence, in Central America and in U.S. foreign policy. I’ve conducted years of reporting on this, funded by grants from various journalism foundations, and continue this year as an IWMF fellow.

I’ve worked as an adjunct professor in the journalism department at CUNY Lehman College and on the research team at The Intercept, among other media posts. I’m an alum of the NYU M.A. in Global Journalism and Latin American Studies. Before journalism, I was a teacher and NGO-worker and did a bit of organizing within queer spaces. As a kid, I trained some horses, and now I belong to the sassiest Salvadoran cat.

Foto: Martín Cálix, Contracorriente

Contact me: dmack08@gmail.com or danielle_mackey@newyorker.com, by phone at 212-286-5417, or write for Signal number. Résumé here. I don’t have Twitter or Facebook.

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