Aurora Almendral is an award-winning multi-platform journalist, 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, the spectacles of execution, and the unflinching reality of grief.

She has worked on assignment for The New York Times, FRONTLINE PBS, BBC World Service, National Geographic Magazine, Forbes Magazine, PRI’s The World, NPR News, NBC News and VICE News, among others, and is a mentor for 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, 2018

  • Human Rights Press Award, 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.

Security training and certifications:  

  • HEFAT certified, March 2019, GJS Security/NBC News

  • Reporting in Crisis Zones, October 2018, The Dart Center/Columbia Journalism School

  • First Aid training, June 2018, Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC)