Allyn Gaestel is a writer and journalist interested in human dignity and complexity. She explores this through narrative reportage and essays on human rights, inequality, urbanity, gender, art and other topics. She is currently based in Lagos, Nigeria and works internationally.
She has been published in print and online at The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atavist, Guernica, The Common, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN, Reuters, The Atlantic, France 24, Nataal, Intense Art Magazine, Moon Man Magazine, etc.
She also makes photographs and has exhibited internationally including at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Liepzig, Germany, Espaco Saracura in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and The Treehouse in Lagos, Nigeria.
She has worked in The Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Nigeria, Senegal, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Togo, China, India, Nepal, France, Mexico, The Dominican Republic and the Bahamas.
Allyn started her career as a United Nations Correspondent in New York, then lived in Haiti 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 continued returning on reporting trips to cover ongoing human rights issues in the country.
She moved to Lagos, Nigeria in 2014 to focus on long-form journalism and also became involved in the flourishing art scene.
She has reported and field produced documentary videos, including an award-winning short for the New York Times.
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 Carter Center, The Kaiser Family Foundation, the United Nations Foundation, the National Press Foundation, The Fuller Project for International Reporting, and the William Penn Foundation.