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Malia Politzer is the executive editor of piqd.com, and an award-winning long-form journalist based out of Spain. She specializes in reporting on migration, international development, human rights issues and investigative reporting.
Originally from California, she's lived in China, Spain, Mexico and India, and reported from various countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Her primary beats relate to immigration, economics and international development. She has published articles in Huffington Post Highline, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue India, Mint, Far Eastern Economic Review, Foreign Policy, Reason Magazine, and the Phoenix New Times. She is also a regular contributor to Devex.
Her Huffington Post Highline series, "The 21st Century Gold Rush" won awards from the National Association of Magazine Editors, Overseas Press Club, and American Society of Newspaper Editors. She's also won multiple awards for feature writing in India and the United States.
Her reporting has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The Institute For Current World Affairs, and the Global Migration Grant.
Degrees include a BA from Hampshire College and MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where was a Stabile Fellow at the Center for Investigative Journalism.
Longreads is an online news site that curates the best long form journalism from around the world. More recently, it's also begun commissioning original long form reporting, and launched a podcast that gives a "behind the scenes" peek into the reporting process for some of their top articles.
"Poached Eggs" is an episode that dives into one of their most popular articles from this month, "The Caviar Con", an article about a two-year long federal investigation into the poaching of the eggs of a rare species of fish in Missouri called the American Paddlefish. The eggs are then sold as counterfeit caviar.
Journalist David Gauvrey Herbert, the author of the article, walks us through his reporting process—drawing on the original recordings of interviews with sources—and tells us the story. Through the episode, we learn how shortages in the global caviar market led Missouri to become ground zero for egg poaching. The episode also gives us some context into how caviar became the luxury good that it is today, prompting the emergence of a caviar black market, and an international caviar cartel. Finally, we learn how the FBI uncovered and prosecuted the perpetrators of the poaching crime.
A great episode for anyone who enjoys a good whodunnit.