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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.
In "Sleuth", host and investigative journalist Linda Sawyer tries to untangle the complete truth of the bizarre murders of Sam Herr and Julie Kibuishi by local Orange County theater star Daniel Wozniak.
At first, it seems like a cut and dry case: Dan Wozniak admitted to killing and dismembering Sam Herr and then shooting Julie Kibuishi—murders for which he is now sitting on death row. His motive? Money: He said he needed their savings in order to take his fiancée, former Disney Princess Rachel Buffett, on a lush honeymoon.
But as Sawyer digs into the details of the case, it seems pretty clear that Wozniak didn't plan and execute the grisly murders alone. "Sleuth" follows Sawyer's investigation into the murder cases in an attempt to unearth the entire truth of the murders. It's a fascinating deep dive into the investigation of a murder, and also how at times police efforts to convict someone (and their inability to find definitive proof) sometimes means that others, who might also be implicated in the crime, might walk free.