Sarah Esther Maslin joined The Economist in 2017. In 2018 she moved to São Paulo to become The Economist‘s Brazil correspondent. Previously, she was a freelance journalist based in Central America. Her reporting has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Nation, VICE Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review and other publications. She is the recipient of an American Society of Magazine Editors NEXT Award, a Fetisov Journalism Award for Environmental Reporting, MHP Gold Award for Foreign Reporting, a Mirror Award for media reporting, a Norman Mailer Writing Award, a Carey Logan Non-Fiction Writing Residency, and a spot on the Forbes 30 under 30 list. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in history. Before joining The Economist, she spent several years reporting in the village of El Mozote, where government soldiers killed hundreds of civilians in 1981 at the start of El Salvador’s civil war. She is writing a book, to be published by Spiegel & Grau, about the El Mozote massacre, the limits of truth and reconciliation, gang violence in El Salvador and the US, and the long-term effects of trauma on a community and a country.