Laura Kasinof is a freelance print journalist and writer. From 2011-2012, she reported for the New York Times from Yemen, covering antigovernment protests and conflict that were part of the political upheaval unfolding across the Arab world. Her first book, Don’t Be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen, is about that experience.
Since leaving Sanaa in 2012, Laura has reported feature, investigative stories on the trade of foreign domestic workers in the Middle East, traumas faced by women in the US military, and the orthodox church’s role in the politics of the Republic of Georgia. She’s written for VQR, the Atlantic, Washington Monthly, Newsweek, Reuters, GOOD, Guernica, the Economist, San Francisco Chronicle, Foreign Policy, Christian Science Monitor and others, from Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Spain and more. Her work has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the International Reporting Project and the International Center for Journalists.
An Arabic speaker, Laura has been featured on TV and radio outlets like BBC News, NPR, Democracy Now and Al Jazeera. She’s worked as a research consultant on Yemen for Chatham House, and has spoken at places like the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Atlantic Council and the New America Foundation. Laura has participated in RISC safety training, HET and is a member of the Frontline Freelance Register.
She’s living in Baltimore, at the moment. But also kind of in Berlin… and elsewhere.