Nadja Drost is a Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker who works across print, radio, television, and documentary film. Based in New York following a decade in Bogotá, Colombia, she continues to report from Latin America, often as a Special Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour.
Her reporting on the extraordinary journey of migrants from around the world who traverse the Darien Gap — a road-less, mountainous jungle straddling the Colombia-Panama border — to reach the U.S., won various accolades. A longform piece she wrote for the California Sunday Magazine was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, as well as first place for Magazine Feature Writing from the National Headliner Awards, the One World Media Refugee Reporting Award, and Honorable Mention from the James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism. A television series, ‘Desperate Journey,’ she reported with videographer Bruno Federico for the PBS NewsHour, was recognized with an Emmy and Peabody award, and received the Best in Show for television from the National Headliners Award in 2021.
Nadja 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 with Bruno Federico on Alias La Mona, a feature documentary about a FARC guerrilla fighter and mother who lays down arms in Colombia’s peace deal. Their PBS NewsHour series, ‘Fighting for Peace’ on Colombia’s FARC rebels was awarded an Overseas Press Club Award for Best Reporting on Latin America in 2017.
Nadja’s stories have been published in Maclean’s Magazine, TIME, GlobalPost, Al Jazeera America and The Globe and Mail among others, and heard on CBC Radio, the BBC, Radio Netherlands Worldwide and Deutsche Welle Radio. The Devil Underground, an investigation into how gold mining has fueled Colombia’s armed conflict, was published by The Atavist, and is available as a Kindle Single. 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