Katya Cengel is a freelance writer and author based in California. Her work has appeared in New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire and Smithsonian among other publications.
She is the author of Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) 2020 winner and Foreword Indies 2019 winner “From Chernobyl with Love: Reporting from the Ruins of the Soviet Union” (Potomac, 2019); “Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back” (Potomac, 2018) and 2013 Kentucky Literary Award finalist “Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life” (Nebraska, 2012).
She has been awarded grants from the International Reporting Project, the International Women’s Media Foundation and the International Center for Journalists. Her 2017 article “My brother’s killer is now my friend” was named one of BBC’s “Best big reads of 2017”.
Awards and Recognition
- Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) winner 2020
- Foreword Indies 2019 winner