Christina Goldbaum is an award-winning independent reporter and visual journalist based in Mogadishu, Somalia and working across the continent. She covers U.S. foreign policy and national security as well as terrorism, human rights, humanitarian crises, conflict, and the occasional coup. She works in print, still photography, and television.
Christina's byline has appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Policy Magazine, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Daily Beast, Quartz, IRIN News, The Christian Science Monitor, VICE News, OZY Magazine, and others; she has produced and/or shot TV News and documentaries for Netflix, PBS Newshour, VICE News Tonight and VICE Weekly on HBO, Agence France-Presse, and AJ+ among others; and she has appeared on Democracy Now!, France 24, and i24 News. Throughout all of Christina's work, her goal remains the same: to hold those in power to account and to tell the narrative stories that break down the barriers and bridge the divides between people.
Originally from Washington D.C., she holds a B.A. in political science from Tufts University where she studied journalism in the university's Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice directed by VII Photo Agency co-founder Gary Knight. While based in New England, Christina conducted investigative research across Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America in conjunction with the Institute for Global Leadership. From Boston she moved to South Africa where she reported for Independent Papers in Cape Town, later returning to East Africa as an independent journalist.
Christina's reporting from Somalia has been raised in two congressional hearings on counter-terrorism in Africa and her investigation into a U.S.-led operation which targeted and killed ten civilians resulted in Head of U.S. Africa Command opening a Naval Criminal Investigative Services investigation into the incident. Christina won the Livingston Award For Young Journalists in International Reporting in 2018; she was short listed for the One World Media Awards "New Voice" Award in 2018 and the One World Media Awards "Women's Rights Reporting" Award in 2017; her work on gang violence in Providence, Rhode Island won a Grand Prize in the Digital Storymakers Competition for Multimedia Journalism in 2013; and she is a grantee of The Fund for Investigative Journalism. Christina speaks Swahili and Spanish, is a member of Women Photograph and the Frontline Freelance Register, and is available for assignments worldwide. Please visit the contact page to get in touch.