(In the field || Bihar, India || Photo: Allison Shelley)
Allyn Gaestel is a writer and journalist interested in the human condition. She explores this through narrative reportage on human rights, inequality, urbanity, gender, art and other topics. She is currently based in Lagos, Nigeria and works internationally.
Allyn lived in Haiti for a year after the 2010 earthquake, where she documented the failures of the aid response, the onset of the world’s largest cholera epidemic, and the first post-earthquake elections. She has continued returning on reporting trips to cover ongoing human rights issues in the country. She started her career as a United Nations Correspondent in New York, and has also worked in The Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Senegal, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, India, Nepal, Mexico, The Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. She has earned grants to support her reporting from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The International Reporting Project, The International Women’s Media Foundation, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, The Kaiser Family Foundation, the United Nations Foundation, the National Press Foundation and the William Penn Foundation. She has worked for outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN, Reuters, The Atlantic, France 24, etc.
In addition to her written work, she has reported documentary videos, including an award-winning short for the New York Times.