Danielle Mackey


Danielle Mackey is a longform investigative journalist who has spent most of the past decade in El Salvador. She reports on security and development in Central America and the U.S. As a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and the Fund for Investigative Journalism, Mackey is currently publishing a four-year, multi-part investigation into security policies, gangs and violence. Her work has appeared in The Intercept, The New Yorker, The New Republic and Foreign Policy, among others. Mackey previously worked part-time remotely on the research teams of The Intercept and Field of Vision, and holds an M.A. in journalism and Latin American Studies from New York University. Before becoming a reporter, Mackey worked as a translator, teacher and -- during her Iowan childhood -- as a horse trainer.

En Español

Danielle Mackey es periodista enfocada en la crónica y la investigación, sobre la seguridad y el desarrollo en Centroamérica y los Estados Unidos. Ha vivido la mayor parte de la década pasada en El Salvador. Como investigadora principal del Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism y el Fund for Investigative Journalism, Mackey actualmente esta cerrando y publicando un proyecto de largo plazo sobre las políticas de seguridad, las pandillas y la violencia. Su obra se ha publicado en The Intercept, The New Yorker, The New Republic y Foreign Policy, entre otros. Mackey antes era miembro a distancia de los equipos de investigación de The Intercept y Field of Vision, y cursó una maestría enfocada en el Periodismo y los Estudios Latinoamericanos en New York University. Antes de ser reportera, Mackey trabajaba como traductora, maestra y - durante su niñez en Iowa - entrenadora de caballos.

Reporting Locations


| Cora Currier, Danielle Mackey

El Salvador is Trying to Stop Gang Violence. But the Trump Administration Keeps Pushing Failed “Iron Fist” Policing.

OSWALDO JOINED THE Salvadoran gang Barrio 18 when he was 14 years old. By the time he was in his early 20s, he wanted out — and luckily, gang leaders gave him permission to leave. But…

| Danielle Mackey

Seeking Justice at All Costs, from Colombia to Central America

A BRICK WALL, the first layer of the barrier, encircles most of a city block on an unassuming street in Guatemala City. On the other side is a checkpoint with metal detectors like airport security.…

| Danielle Villasana, Danielle Mackey

Deported Into a Nightmare

Pablo, left, and Edwin, right, have been best friends since elementary school and live a few houses down from each other in La Rivera Hernandez, a neighborhood in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. (Danielle Villasana) SAN…

| Cora Currier, Danielle Mackey

Trump Administration Suddenly Cancels Refugee Program that Saved Lives of Central American Children

The State Department announced Wednesday evening the abrupt cancellation of a program that gave youth fleeing violence in Central America the chance to apply for asylum and join their families in the United States. While…

| Cora Currier, Danielle Mackey

The Rise of the Net Center: How an Army of Trolls Protects Guatemala’s Corrupt Elite

Photo: Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images How an Army of Trolls Protects Guatemala’s Corrupt Elite At 6:02 AM on August 27, 2017, the president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, uploaded a video statement to Twitter declaring the former Colombian judge…