Denise is a bilingual reporter and editor who covers the climate crisis and environmental crime, politics, and social and human rights issues.
Her reporting has appeared in the Washington Post, National Geographic, CNN, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, the L.A. Times, Nature and the BBC.
After years of covering China and Southeast Asia, she’s now based in Vienna, from where she reports on climate change in the Alps on a National Geographic Explorer fellowship and investigates wildlife trafficking networks with a grant from the Earth Journalism Network.
She's been covering the impacts of COVID19 for the Washington Post, Foreign Policy and CNN.
In 2018, she was an IWMF fellow and reported from conflict and post-war zones in South Sudan and Uganda, for which she completed intensive Hostile Environment and First Aid Training (HEFAT) in Nairobi.
For her stories, Denise has gained access to refugee camps in Europe, Asia and East Africa; walked through mine fields and villages infested by bird flu; spent nights in the rain forest; interviewed survivors of acid attacks, sexual violence and leprosy; and waited for Barack Obama at a burger shack.
She's won several international journalism awards, both as a reporter and editor, for her work on sex and labor trafficking in Southeast Asia and environmental investigations in China. As a staff reporter and editor, she has worked at The Cambodia Daily and at Shanghai-based Sixth Tone.
Occasionally, she writes for Germany’s Die Zeit, brand eins and Süddeutsche Zeitung.
She speaks some Mandarin Chinese and can read Russian.