Sarah Esther Maslin is a freelance journalist based in São Paulo, Brazil. From 2018-2023, she was The Economist's Brazil correspondent, and before that she was based in Central America. Maslin has spent years reporting in the village of El Mozote, where government soldiers killed hundreds of civilians in 1981 at the start of El Salvador's civil war. She is writing a book, to be published by Spiegel & Grau, about the El Mozote massacre, the limits of truth and reconciliation, gang violence in El Salvador and the US, and the long-term effects of trauma on a community and a country. Her reporting has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Nation, VICE Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review and other publications. She is the recipient of an American Society of Magazine Editors NEXT Award, a Fetisov Journalism Award for Environmental Reporting, MHP Gold Award for Foreign Reporting, a Mirror Award for media reporting, a Norman Mailer Writing Award, a Logan Nonfiction Fellow and a spot on the Forbes 30 under 30 list. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in history.