A M Y K A S L O W
Amy Kaslow is a writer and photographer with a lens on at-risk societies, worldwide. With decades of reportage for the world’s top publications and broadcasts, she brings a solutions-based approach toward journalism. In the world’s trouble spots, she chronicles the immediate aftermath of conflict and well into the post-war period; domestically, she focuses on fallout from the failed War on Poverty. She has been a columnist, contributor, staff writer and editor for Fortune Magazine, Institutional Investor, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, Huffington Post, SLATE, The Middle East, Moment, Emerging Markets, Europe Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Quarterly, The International Economy and many other news outlets. She was the longtime lead international economic correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and special foreign correspondent for public radio's Marketplace. Kaslow’s experience is global, but her concentration is local, exploring practical ways that traumatized populations stabilize themselves, even flourish. Readers and listeners increasingly convey how these jarring issues compel them to act. And they want to know how.
Last fall Kaslow created K/NOW, an online missive examining one essential issue lost in the daily feed of political turbulence. Paired with a stunning image, K/NOW delivers short, crisp and precise narratives. Each is followed by DO NOW, one paragraph full of hyper-linked ways to engage individually or with an organization, locally or across the world. K/NOW equips readers with tools to change the equation. Forbes Magazine named K/NOW a top ten must-read for 2019.
Kaslow’s work provides vivid material for Life After War, a series of traveling photojournalism exhibitions that pair large-format images with contextual storyboards, while a wide range of gallery talks engage communities in conversation. The focus is on the most critical challenges that post-conflict populations confront as they try to rebuild their lives: deeply scarring trauma, gang control, sexual violence, human trafficking. Among the hosts: The Center for Conflict Resolution, the George Bush School at Texas A&M, the US Library of Congress, the Palmer Gallery at Vassar College. IATI’s Black Box Theater in New York’s East Village, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business. This fall Kaslow will mount her newest exhibition at Vassar College, as part of a major Mellon Foundation Consortium on Forced Migration and Mental Health. Opening next year in Atlanta, “Life After War: Trapped” will focus on the supply side of human trafficking, featuring twelve turbulent countries where the trade in human beings is integral to the local economy. Twelve portraits of resilience tell the stories of local communities developing their own coping mechanisms, some organized, to push back on the industry of abuse.
Active in the domestic policy arena, Kaslow has fostered collaboration among businesses, educators, grassroots groups and political leaders to convert at-risk populations into local assets. On the wide array of talent issues, she’s given university talks, corporate guidance, Congressional testimony, and helped municipal, state government and federal agencies glean critical insights from the field. Among her advisees: Manpower Inc., Junior Achievement, the ACT Foundation, the National Academies, Congressional committees, the White House, and the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. Her engagement has focused on inspired ways low income learners and earners can surmount their challenges.
Kaslow reaches a diverse audience by conveying what is happening on the ground with context: history's lessons and the broad horizon of future needs. Her outreach ranges from testifying before the House Science Committee on critical skills needs to a TEDx talk on how college students can best position themselves for meaningful work.
Kaslow led Sinai House, an award-winning wrap-around transitional housing program for homeless families in Southeast Washington, D.C. She served eight years as a Presidential Appointee to the governing board and executive committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and committed to its dual charge to teach lessons of the Holocaust and to help prevent contemporary genocide. She is a trustee of Living Classrooms, an education, community action and economic development initiative that targets at-risk communities, from early childhood to adulthood. She has served and chaired K-12 school boards, designing experiential global education, STEM initiatives, and programs to attract and retain teachers. She serves on the board of the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative.
Kaslow received MOMENT's International Change-Maker Award for global reporting on crisis zones. She is a member of the Belizean Grove.