Fellows & Editors


David Taylor

Fellows Spring 2011

David A. Taylor writes for The Washington Post, Smithsonian and Environmental Health Perspectives, among others, and has written documentary scripts for PBS, National Geographic, and the Smithsonian Channel. He co-produced the award-winning 2009 Smithsonian documentary, Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story, and is author of the companion book, Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America (Wiley, 2009), which was named among Best Books of 2009 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He’s also author of Ginseng, the Divine Root (Algonquin, 2006), which traces the medicinal plant’s cultural history. Taylor spent two years in West Africa with the Peace Corps and has worked as an editor in Southeast Asia. A member of the National Association of Science Writers, he lives with his wife in Washington, DC and teaches at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Follow a live feed of his tweets, articles, photos, and reports from Mali.

He can be reached at: dataylor [at] igc [dot] org.

Post-IRP Stories


  • Voices Against Malaria

    {image-1} Social Forces During my first weekend in Bamako, I learned that in Mali, music means a lot more than Top 40. It’s a way of life. And the people who...

  • In Mali, the Music Scene Is Popping

    I was on the back of Paul Chandler's moped, riding through the red-dirt side streets of Bamako, scanning the landscape near two tall mosque towers whose pale plaster gleamed in the late...

  • Using Social Media as an International Reporter

    Freelance writer David A. Taylor began using social media to promote his book when it was published a few years ago. Since then, he has been incorporating the networking sites--including Facebook, Twitter,...

  • Domesticating Mosquitoes

    As scientists, doctors, and researchers strive to understand and eradicate malaria and other insect-borne illnesses, mosquitoes are experiencing an unexpected side effect: domestication. Freelance writer David A. Taylor reported on malaria in...

  • The Evolution of a Reporting Project

    How much does a project change from conception to completion? Freelance writer David A. Taylor describes the evolution of his recent IRP story. David Taylor reported on malaria in West Africa with...

  • The Challenges of International Reporting

    David A. Taylor, a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C., reported on malaria in West Africa with a fellowship from the International Reporting Project (IRP). In this video, David discusses the...

  • Model for Malaria Tracks Impact of Simulated Interventions

    Malaria Tools, a model for tracking this parasitic disease, is robust enough to predict outcomes of interventions now being contemplated, according to its developers, Azra Ghani and colleagues at Imperial College in...

  • Mali Researcher Shows How to Reverse Brain Drain

    On a bluff overlooking a flat Sahelian landscape, evening finds most offices empty at the University of Bamako's Faculty of Medicine. But a few lights remain on in the Malaria Research and...

  • Amadou & Mariam: A One of Kind Duo

    The celebrated duo of Amadou and Mariam from Mali are a one of kind musical collaboration. Not just because of their unique, style of music but also because they're both blind. However,...

  • Fighting Malaria With Music

    A Q&A with Yacine DjiboSenegal Country Director, Malaria No More In Senegal, the nonprofit Malaria No More has worked with Youssou NDour and other top musicians on a campaign to engage...

  • Demonstration in Bamako

    A pro-Qaddafi demonstration just took place here in Mali after midday prayer. Several thousand people gathered at the Independence Monument in downtown Bamako and marched toward the French Embassy, waving the Libyan...

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