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About

I am an award-winning long-form journalist who specializes in international development, human rights issues and investigative reporting.

I was recently awarded an Ellie and Overseas Press Club Award for my refugee reporting in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.. For three years, I worked as a feature-writer at Mint, India’s second-largest financial newspaper, where I wrote about international development, strategic philanthropy and impact investing.  Additionally, I wrote feature articles on immigration, health and gender.

As a Stabile Fellow for Investigative Journalism and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, I contributed to a group investigation about cybercrime by online pharmacies.  I’ve also written about smuggling networks in Punjab, exploitation in in the clinical trial industry in India, and visa abuse by India’s biggest IT companies.

I recently completed a two-year writing fellowship with the Institute of Current World Affairs in Spain and India, where I wrote about border issues and religious conflict in India’s sensitive Northeastern region, the Spanish economic crisis, and Islam in Spain.  I have also written from Mexico, South Korea, China, and the U.S.-Mexico border.  

You can find my articles in the following publications:  Huffington Post Highline, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue India,  Mint, Far Eastern Economic Review, Foreign Policy, Reason Magazine, and the Village Voice publication the Phoenix New Times.

I have an M.S. journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where I was a Stabile Fellow for Investigative Journalism, and a B.A. from Hampshire College.  I am fluent in Spanish, and once spoke decent Mandarin and Hindi.

Awards include: 1st place in feature writing, Society for Publishers in Asia, 2011.  1st place immigration reporting, Arizona Press Club, 2010. 1st place social issues reporting, Arizona Press Club 2009.  3rd place profile writing, Arizona Press Club, 2009.

Fellowships include: Institute for Current World Affairs Fellowship, 2013-2015, Village Voice Fellowship, 2009, Stabile Fellowship for Investigative Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 2008-2009.  Robert L. Bartley Fellowship, WSJA, 2008, Charles Koch Fellowship, 2007, Global Migrations Fellowship, 2005.

You can contact me at: malia.n.politzer@gmail.com.