Katya Cengel has written about everything from retired dancing bears in Bulgaria to the world’s largest machine gun shoot in Kentucky. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, National Geographic and Time.com among other publications.
A World Affairs Journalism Fellow in 2005, she received second place in the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Award in 2006 for her series "Lost Boys, Torn Families". Her 2009 Courier-Journal series inspired her book “Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life” (University of Nebraska Press), one of five finalists for the 2013 Kentucky Literary Award. In 2014, she reported from Mozambique as an ICFJ Maternal and Child Health Reporting Fellow. In 2015 she reported from Guatemala on the return of migrant children as an International Reporting Project Fellow. In 2016 she reported from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda as an IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Fellow.
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Katya takes a break to feed a fawn while reporting from Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary in Kentucky.
Photo: Scott McIntyre