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Freelance Journalist Independent
Allyn Gaestel is a freelance journalist who covers inequality and the human repercussions of politics. She is particularly interested in global health and women. In addition to her written work, she has reported and produced documentary videos, including an award-winning short for The New York Times.
While currently focused on West Africa, she lived in Haiti for a year after the 2010 earthquake, and has taken extended reporting trips to India and Nepal. She started her career as a United Nations Correspondent in New York, and has also worked in Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Bahamas. She has earned grants to support her reporting from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The International Reporting Project, The Kaiser Family Foundation, the United Nations Foundation, the National Press Foundation and the William Penn Foundation. She has worked for outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Al Jazeera, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN, Reuters, The Atlantic, France 24, etc.