Christina Goldbaum is an immigration reporter for The New York Times based in New York City. Prior to joining the Times in 2018, she reported from East Africa and was awarded the Livingston Award for International Reporting, the National Press Club's Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence, and the Frontline Club Print Award for her investigative work abroad.
Christina began her career at The Cape Times newspaper in South Africa, later moving to East Africa as a freelance journalist. There she reported on everything from political upheaval in Burundi to the music scene in Kenya and tales of friendship and heartbreak in the immediate aftermath of terrorist attacks in Somalia.
In 2017, she moved to Mogadishu to investigate the growing U.S. military presence in the region. She broke a number of stories, including the role of the U.S. military in the massacre of ten civilians, the build up of a secretive U.S. military outpost and the details surrounding the first two U.S. combat deaths in Somalia since Black Hawk Down. Her reporting was raised in congressional hearings and led to the opening of a Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigation into a U.S.-led operation in which Somali civilians were killed.
Through all of her work, Christina's goal remains the same: to hold the powerful to account and to tell the multilayered tales that dispel stereotypes and bridge the divides between people.
As a freelance journalist, Christina's byline appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, USA Today, The Daily Beast, Quartz, IRIN News, The Christian Science Monitor, VICE News, and others. She also produced TV news segments for Netflix, PBS Newshour, VICE News Tonight and VICE Weekly on HBO, and Agence France-Presse among others, and she appeared on Democracy Now!, France 24, and i24 News as a correspondent.
Christina was long listed for the One World Media Awards "Women's Rights Reporting" Award in 2017 and "New Voice" Award in 2018; she was an Editor and Publisher Award finalist in 2018; and her work has been supported by The Fund for Investigative Journalism.
Originally from Washington D.C., she holds a B.A. in political science from Tufts University. Christina speaks conversational Spanish and Swahili, is a member of Women Photograph, and received HEFAT training in 2016 and 2017.
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