Nadja Drost is a journalist and documentary filmmaker who lives in New York City after a decade based in Bogotá, Colombia. She enjoys working across various mediums, in longform print, radio, and television, and regularly reports from Latin America as a Special Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour.
Most recently, a series she reported and produced for the PBS NewsHour with her partner, videographer Bruno Federico, chronicled the extraordinary journey of migrants and asylum-seekers from around the world who cross the Darien Gap, a swathe of road-less, mountainous jungle straddling the Colombia-Panama border, in a desperate bid to reach the US. The series, “Desperate Journey,” was nominated in 2021 for a Peabody Award, and received the Best in Show for television from the National Headliners Award.
A long-form narrative Nadja wrote about the Darien Gap journey, focusing on a group of Cameroonian and Pakistani asylum-seekers, for the April 2020 cover story of the California Sunday Magazine was awarded the first place award for Magazine Feature Writing from the National Headliner Awards, as well as an Honorable Mention for the James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism.
She also makes documentary films — she independently produced the award-winning Between Midnight and the Rooster’s Crow (2005), and is currently in the sixth year of production on a documentary film with filmmaker Bruno Federico, The End of Our War, about a FARC guerrilla fighter and mother who lays down arms in Colombia’s peace deal.
Nadja has written stories for California Sunday Magazine, Maclean’s Magazine, TIME, GlobalPost, Al Jazeera America, The Globe and Mail, and others. Her long-form narrative, The Devil Underground, an investigation into how gold mining has fuelled Colombia’s armed conflict, was published by The Atavist, and is available as a Kindle Single. Her radio pieces have been heard on CBC Radio, the BBC, Radio Netherlands Worldwide and Deutsche Welle Radio. A story she produced with Radio Ambulante won the Premio Simon Bolívar, Colombia’s premier journalism prize, in the radio documentary category.
Nadja is a graduate of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is from Toronto.
Please contact her at nadjadrost at gmail.com