J. Malcolm Garcia

J. Malcolm Garcia

J. Malcolm Garcia has worked as a freelance journalist in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Chad, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Honduras, Bolivia and Argentina. His writing has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s, Mother Jones, West Branch, the Alaska Quarterly Review, and various other publications. He’s written about the drug war in Mexico, race relations in Jena, Louisiana, and the poor of Buenos Aires, among other topics. He is the author of memoir about his work in Afghanistan, The Khaarijee: A Chronicle of Friendship and War in Kabul (Beacon Press). His work has been included in The Best American Travel Writing and The Best American Unrequired Reading. Last updated July 2017

Investigations

Backyard Battlefields

The rolling hills, forests, and rural communities of Northern Arkansas share this misfortune: they sit atop the Fayetteville Shale, one of the country’s largest natural gas reserves. Welcome to the bloody business of fracking.

Smoke Screen

In Afghanistan, the US military disposes of millions of pounds of garbage each day — electronics, mattresses, plastics, even human feces — in open burn pits. Are toxic clouds from these sites making everyone sick?

The Backstories

The Backstory: J. Malcolm Garcia

Narrative storyteller and Investigative Fund reporter J. Malcolm Garcia talks about the detailed note-taking he used in his award-winning series on military burn pits, writing down everything, and how to move the story forward.