Meet NACLA's New Editorial Team, Discount for Dissent Magazine, & NACLA Summer Fundraiser

NACLA Announces New Members of Editorial Staff

NACLA is thrilled to announce the addition of two new members to our editorial staff.

Heather Gies joins NACLA as Managing Editor. A frequent contributor to its print magazine and website as well as editor-at-large since 2017, Heather brings to the role deep experience in both scholarly research and progressive journalism in Latin America. She holds a BA in Communications from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ottawa, from where she hails, and a Master’s of Communication from Simon Fraser University, for which she received a prestigious Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canadian Graduate Scholarship. For her Master’s thesis, Heather conducted a major research project on food security in Honduras, which she parlayed into a journalism career first as a correspondent for Al Jazeera and Telesur English, then as a freelance writer with bylines in The Intercept, In These Times, Pacific Standard, Truthout, Upside Down World, The Guardian,, Public Radio International, and National Geographic, among others. A former International Women's Media Foundation fellow, Heather's work has focused mainly on resource conflicts, human rights, and labor politics in Central America and Mexico. 

Heather’s arrival follows the departure of former Managing Editor Laura Weiss earlier this month. Laura's contributions to NACLA in time, effort, and energy are difficult to overstate.  A former summer intern, Laura later joined NACLA as its web editor in 2015 before taking over as Managing Editor in 2017. As web editor, Laura engineered a flourishing of NACLA's online content and analysis, working with long time contributors and new naclistas alike to offer timely pieces on the latest developments in the region's politics, and cementing the site's place as a reference for progressive coverage of the Americas. As Managing Editor, Laura successfully steered nine issues of the NACLA Report into print — including groundbreaking issues on climate change, disaster capitalism, new feminisms, and Latin America-Middle East ties, as well as a forthcoming issue on Labor in the Americas due out this fall. NACLA is deeply grateful to Laura for her tireless work to ensure our over fifty-year tradition of rigorous, uncompromising, progressive reporting on and solidarity with social justice in Latin America continued and indeed, expanded during her tenure.

Finally, NACLA also welcomes Leo Schwartz to its editorial team as web editor. Leo is a second year MA student at New York University's joint program in Global Journalism and Latin American Studies, where his research focuses on Mexico and on US-Latin American relations more broadly. While at NYU Leo has edited for Latin American News Dispatch and written for Roads and Kingdoms, Deadspin, and Player's Tribune. Leos' first piece for NACLA will appear in our fall issue on Labor in the Americas. You can find out more about Leo and his work on his website.

The entire NACLA team and wider naclista community are extremely fortunate to have Heather and Leo steer its editorial team, taking up the legacy of excellence in reporting and political commitment that has characterized NACLA's work since its founding in 1967.

A Special Deal for Dissent's Summer 2019 Issue


The latest issue of Dissent, the oldest democratic socialist magazine in the United States, features a special section edited by historian Quinn Slobodian asking, "What is the Nation Good For?" The issue brings together scholars and journalists on the left to address the place of nationalism and the nation-state in a moment defined by global climate change and refugee crises and the power of multinational corporations and financial institutions.

The issue features articles on the postcolonial case for rethinking borders, Kwame Nkrumah and the quest for Ghanian independence, the failure of left-wing nationalism in Germany, and neoliberalism and authoritarianism in Turkey, as well as an interview with Yanis Varoufakis and a discussion of the climate crisis.

For a limited time, Dissent is offering 20% off the cost of a subscription to NACLA readers. Please use this link to redeem the discount.

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On a final note, NACLA is currently in the midst of a summer fundraising campaign. A contribution in any amount will go toward everything from translations of original NACLA content to more competitive rates for our writers. We also encourage readers to become monthly donors to help sustain our expert coverage and analysis of current events in Latin America. Visit or click the link below to donate.

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