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.
In recent years, Laura has turned from breaking news to investigative, long form journalism and has reported stories on traumas faced by women in the US military, the refugee crisis in Germany, and how young American women from evangelical families are secretly turning to Planned Parenthood for healthcare. Laura also has written for Harper’s, Marie Claire, the Atlantic, Slate, Newsweek Europe, Washington Monthly, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Vice, Foreign Policy, GOOD, Guernica, and more. Her work has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the International Reporting Project, the International Women’s Media Foundation, and the International Center for Journalists.
An Arabic speaker, Laura has been featured on TV and radio outlets like BBC News, NPR, Democracy Now, CNN and Al Jazeera. She 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 from small town Pennsylvania and lives in Tbilisi, Georgia.