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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.
This is an amazing resource for anyone who is interested in investigative reporting—and even for investigative reporters themselves. Each episode delves deeply into how an investigative reporter got a story. In a highly engaging, narrative way, the podcast tells the "story behind the story"—how they got the idea, the document trail, human sources, and characters.
For example, Episode 23, Many Miles From Home, follows journalist Cam Simpson, as he explores how a group of Nepalis ended up executed by extremists in the Iraqi desert. His curiosity about a casual story led him to find a sizeable trafficking operation out of Nepal, involving major American company Hal Burton.
But what's truly exciting about this podcast is that it doesn't just tell the investigative story—but explains in meticulous detail each step of the reporting. Each episode is essentially an autopsy of an investigative story, showing every step of the reporter's journey, the challenges, and how they overcame them.
This podcast series is an invaluable resource for any investigative journalist, and a fascinating peek behind the curtain for anyone who enjoys a well reported, well told story.