Australian freelance journalist based in Mexico City; covering stories about politics, culture, social movements, gender, and sexuality. Regular contributor to TRTWorld, Al-Jazeera English and Ms. magazine. Other bylines include Public Radio International, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, VICE. I speak Spanish and have good access to sources, photographers/videographers, translators etc as required.
Phone interview with PRI's The World: "We explore the history of the word, and the idea of, “sanctuary.” It's an old idea, with roots in the Latin word for the innermost sanctum of a medieval church. Researcher and writer Ann Deslandes speaks with Marco Werman."
Al-Jazeera English: As an absurd citizenship crisis rages on in the Australian Parliament, First Nations people and refugees see the irony.
Public Radio International, 'Seeking Security' vertical: "If the vote has stoked anti-LGBT sentiment, it’s also rallied supporters of gay rights — especially young people. For many young Australians who support marriage equality by large margins, a survey that seems designed to limit their participation is having the opposite effect. Within a day of the plebiscite being announced, the Australian Electoral Commission reported an influx of queries from young people aged 16 and 17 regarding their eligibility to vote and processed approximately 68,000 enrollment transactions compared to an average daily intake of 4,000."
While Australian soldiers serving in the ANZAC engaged with Turkish troops in World War I, Aboriginal people in Australia were fighting their own battle against British colonialism. For TRTWorld Magazine.
Eureka Street, Australia: Javier Valdez was a highly respected reporter and critic of the drug cartels and the Mexican government's war on drugs, and had expected his death to come at the hands of the powerful drug traffickers in Sinaloa where he was based. He was the fifth journalist to be killed in Mexico this year, and the 26th to be killed since 2006.
Real Time Arts, Australia: In two ongoing projects, Mexico City artists are working with sound, streaming and radio waves to explore questions of curation, performance, political discourse, memory and public assembly. They are Escuchatorio, “a listening act” and #TodasLasCancionesSonNuestras, “a collective memory exercise.” I spoke with artist and producer Juanpablo Avendaño Avila who is involved in both projects.
For VICE UK, with photojournalist Jorge Dan Lopez: a day in the life of Nancy Velasco, a woman in the male-dominated, macho world of mariachi. This piece was syndicated by VICE Mexico & El Excelsior and Nancy's story has since been made into an award-winning short film.