I’m a freelance writer and journalist in Mexico City. I cover topics related to human rights, migration, politics, gender and social movements. More specifically, I’m drawn to stories about the cracks in our systems: what happens when our systems break or are broken or never worked in the first place? How do people respond? What do those ruptures tell us about the world?
My work has appeared in N+1, Vice, The Nation, The New Republic, Columbia Journalism Review, The Baffler, Pacific Standard, Bright, Literary Hub, Lenny Letter and The Guardian, among other outlets. I’ve had stories featured on Longreads and the Nieman Lab Daily Digest. In 2019, I received a scholarship for Hostile Environment and First Aid Training (HEFAT) from the 2Lives Steven Joel Sotloff Memorial Foundation. I’m also a member of Frontline Freelance Mexico.
Before becoming a freelance journalist, I lived and worked with newly arrived asylum seekers in Mexico; before that, I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Urban Studies.
When I’m not reporting or writing, I’m probably drinking coffee, dancing or eating tacos. For assignments, tips or critiques, or just to say hi, contact me at madeleine dot wattenbarger at gmail dot com.