Patricia Martínez Sastre, Columbia Journalism InvestigationsReporter
Based in Nairobi, she covered the first peaceful transfer of power in the history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, investigated the social and economic impact of ocean warming on Tanzanian seaweed farmers and the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique.
In 2020, she was awarded the prestigious La Caixa Foundation scholarship to attend the M.S. data journalism program at Columbia Journalism School, and graduated in August 2022. Currently, she combines data, photography and visualizations to keep telling human stories.
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