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 National Geographic, Salon and Esquire among others, and regularly appears in Newsweek.

Her University of Nebraska Press book, “Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life,” was one of five finalists for the 2013 Kentucky Literary Award. See what San Francisco Giants' commentator Marty Lurie, the San Diego Union-Tribune, New York Journal of Books, milb.com, Baseball America are saying about it and read an excerpt. Or just order it!

In summer 2014 she was one of nine journalists selected to participate in the International Center for Journalists Maternal and Child Health Reporting Fellowship. As an ICFJ fellow she reported from South Africa and Mozambique in July. In Fall 2014 she will be teaching journalism at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Her 2013 National Geographic story on inmates fighting the California Rim fire was rated one of the top stories of the week by Aljazeera America and HuffPost Live had her on their show.

From Myanmar she reported on the youth scene and former child soldiers for Newsweek and rape as a weapon of war for Time. On the lighter side, her story on the Burmese pastime of chinlone ran in Roads & Kingdoms in March while another on hiking in Myanmar ran on The Daily Beast in June. Newsweek ran her story on LGBT Rosie’s.

Look for her coverage from Cambodia in Foreign Policy and World Affairs Journal and be sure to check out what she and the other ICFJ fellows reported from Africa.

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