Dawn Paley is a journalist from Vancouver, BC (Coast Salish territories).
Her first book, Drug War Capitalism, is due to be released November 15, 2014, with AK Press.
She’s written for magazines and newspapers including the The Guardian, Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail, BC Business Magazine, The Nation, The Dominion, Ms. Magazine, The Tyee, the Georgia Straight, Briarpatch, NACLA Reports, This Magazine, Canadian Dimension, Counterpunch, The Vue Weekly, Watershed Sentinel and Upside Down World. Her work in radio and television has been featured on Democracy Now!, Free Speech Radio News, and CBC Radio.
Dawn is currently a doctoral student at the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla in Mexico. Her doctoral research is focused on clandestine mass graves and the war on drugs in Mexico.
In 2010, Dawn completed her Masters in Journalism at the University of British Columbia. Her thesis project proposes that journalists should study transnational theory as a prerequisite for responsible foreign correspondence, and examines the formation and evolution of the Honduran elite in relation to the 2009 coup d’etat as a case study. Dawn has a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and First Nations Studies from Simon Fraser University. She is currently a graduate student mentor in the Department of Geography at UBC.
Dawn has reported on the extractive industries, trade, and organized crime from off the map hotspots throughout the Americas. Over the past few years, she’s filed from southwest Colombia, Guatemala, pre- and post-coup Honduras, and northeast Mexico.
In 2008, Dawn worked as an assistant producer on the award winning feature documentary Under Rich Earth, shot in the Intag region of Ecuador.
Photograph by Caelie Frampton.