Joe Penney is a journalist, photographer, and filmmaker based in New York City. He is the co-founder of the Mali-based news West African regional news website Sahelien.com and was chief photographer for Reuters in West and Central Africa from 2012-2016. He covered major political events in the region such as the French intervention in Mali in 2013, the revolution in Burkina Faso in 2014, and the war against Boko Haram. His forthcoming short film, "Mansa Musa and the Erasure of History," is currently in post-production. He is on Twitter and Instagram @joepenney.