She is currently a reporter on NPR’s breaking news desk, where she has covered some of the biggest stories of the day — including President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, Cambridge Analytica’s closure, the Panama Papers, Russian interference, and developments in Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Syria.
Since 2013, she has contributed numerous articles and short-form documentaries to National Geographic, reporting on undocumented children in the United States, ISIS’ No. 1 female target, and climate change, among other topics.
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. The work has taken to her to such places as Iraq and Bangladesh, and she has interviewed Yezidis, Syrians, and Rohingya refugees. The content has been broadcast by NPR’s Weekend Edition, PRI’s The World, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and other outlets.
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.
Sasha is a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee. Her freelance writing, photography, and radio reporting have appeared in such publications as The Washington Post Magazine, ESPN, Smithsonian Magazine, The Atlantic, and The American Scholar. She was the associate editor of Smithsonian’s culture magazine, Journeys.
She earned a master’s degree in nonfiction writing from Johns Hopkins University, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
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