She is a reporter on NPR’s breaking news desk. Previously, she was a contributor of articles to NPR’s Goats and Soda, reporting on attacks on aid organizations in Afghanistan, poverty in the United States, human trafficking in Argentina, cholera in Yemen, and other human rights and health stories.
Since 2013, she has contributed numerous articles and short-form documentaries to National Geographic, reporting such topics as undocumented children in the United States, ISIS’ No. 1 female target, and the plight of albinos in Tanzania.
In 2016, Sasha co-founded Music in Exile, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that documents the songs and stories of people displaced by war, oppression, and regional instability. Her first trip was to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, where she interviewed and recorded refugees from Syria and religious minorities internally displaced in Iraq.
Following the annexation of Crimea in 2014, she was the editor of a State Department initiative to monitor and counter Russian disinformation. Prior to this, she investigated the international tiger trade for The World Bank’s Global Tiger Initiative, and researched healthcare fraud for the National Healthcare Anti-Fraud Association.
She was the associate editor of Smithsonian’s culture magazine, Journeys. Her work has also appeared in additional publications including The Washington Post Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, The Atlantic, and The American Scholar.
Sasha is a Pulitzer Center grantee. She earned a master’s degree in nonfiction writing from Johns Hopkins University, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
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