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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 my last newsletter, which was themed after International Women's Day, I asked for recommendations on the best content readers had recently read, listened to, or watched about women, or issues affecting them. Several community members recommended this video.
Published in the New York Times, this op-doc is a haunting look at the challenges facing women who work in the U.S. tipping industry. If you're not from the U.S. you might not know this, but most serving staff only make $2.15 per hour. The rest of their salaries are entirely dependent on tips—a provision meant to help small businesses and promote good customer service. It also makes workers (particularly women) even more vulnerable to sexual harassment and exploitation. This video interviews several female servers in various parts of the country about the types of harassment they routinely face.
It’s eye opening, maddening, and definitely worth watching.