Aurora Almendral is an award-winning freelance foreign correspondent, currently a contributing writer for The New York Times and National Geographic Magazine and a producer-reporter for NBC News.
Aurora has reported on disaster, climate change, human trafficking, immigration, the economy, politics, crime and culture. She was among the first foreign journalists to cover the violent drug war in the Philippines, and has gone on to produce expansive work on the subject, from the fervent support for the president who made the drug war his flagship policy, to the zealous 5-star general and his foot soldiers on the frontline of the drug war, and the families of the victims grasping at justice from a society willing to tolerate the killings for what they see as the greater good. Aurora co-directed a documentary on the drug war, exploring the spectacles of execution playing out on television and in the streets, the national narratives of justification and the granular, unflinching reality of grief.
She has worked on assignment for The New York Times, BBC World Service, National Geographic Magazine, Forbes Magazine, PRI's The World, NPR News, NBC News, NBC Left Field and VICE News, among others, and is a mentor with the Coalition for Women in Journalism.
Awards and recognition:
Overseas Press Club of America Award for international reporting, 2018
Pictures of the Year International Award for documentary journalism, 2018
National Headliner Award for video, 2018
Human Rights Press Award for video, 2018
Regional Edward R. Murrow award for audio news documentary, 2017
Aurora graduated magna cum laude in economics and anthropology. She was a Fulbright scholar to Spain and Morocco. Before becoming a journalist, she worked in socioeconomic development at the United Nations and at a startup in New York. She is a native English speaker, and speaks Spanish, Moroccan Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic and Filipino.