Kira Zalan


Kira Zalan is an American freelance journalist living in East Africa. Her narrative stories strive to shed light on how policies and political decisions impact individuals on the human level.

Before going freelance, Kira was acting managing editor at U.S. News & World Report, where she oversaw the publication of feature news magazine The Report. Prior to that, she was a reporter for ACAMS, where she covered financial regulation and financial crime.

Kira's freelance work has been published by Foreign Policy, The Root, Marie Claire, Redbook, Center for Public Integrity, Global Investigative Journalism Network, Washingtonian and Northern Virginia magazines.

She received a master's degree in journalism from Georgetown University in 2010 and one in Russian and post-Soviet studies from the London School of Economics in 2003. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a bachelor's degree in politics and legal studies in 2002.

Kira is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya.