Laura Kasinof is a freelance print journalist and documentary filmmaker. She is the author of Don’t Be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen, a memoir of her time reporting for the New York Times from Yemen, covering antigovernment protests and conflict that were part of the political upheaval unfolding across the Arab world during 2011. PRI’s The World named Don’t Be Afraid of the Bullets a top book of 2014 and Kirkus called it, “A moving portrait of life as a war correspondent.”
In recent years, Laura has turned from breaking news to investigative, long form journalism. Among other topics, she’s focused on migration, religion and how US policy impacts people around the world. Her story for the Virginia Quarterly Review that followed a Syrian refugee family in Berlin received a citation from the Overseas Press Club for best magazine reporting in print or digital on an international story in 2018.
Laura’s work has also appeared in print and online in Pacific Standard, Slate, Washington Monthly, Vice, Foreign Policy, the Intercept, Harper’s, the Atlantic, Marie Claire, Guernica and many more outlets. 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. Laura has had the privilege of reporting in a dozen or so countries across the Middle East, East Africa and Europe.
She is currently in post-production on her documentary about how the Yemeni island Soqotra is being impacted by outside influence.
Laura speaks a strange mixture of Yemeni and Egyptian Arabic, which on a good day is comprehensible. She is from small town Pennsylvania and recently returned to the United States after a decade overseas. She lives in LA.