Denise is currently based between Asia and Europe. She has been reporting, writing and editing for ten years and focuses on stories about environmental conflict and the ways China is shaping the world.
Between 2015 and 2018, she lived in Shanghai, where she worked as a freelancer contributor to publications like the BBC, Al Jazeera and the Nikkei Asian Review, and as senior editor and head of features for Sixth Tone. She was also in charge of the publication's environment coverage and in-depth multimedia projects.
She first moved to Asia in 2010, after studying journalism in Austria and working for local radio, and cut her teeth writing and editing for The Cambodia Daily.
Her reporting has won her several international awards and fellowships and has taken her to more than 15 countries across the globe, from the US and central Europe to India, Uganda and South Sudan. As a correspondent in Southeast Asia, she covered Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
For her stories, Denise has gained access to refugee camps in Europe and Asia; 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 has held guest lectures on environmental reporting, investigative journalism and feature writing at universitties like NYU Shanghai, the Royal University of Phnom Penh and Duke Kunshan.
She is the author of the photo book Transitioning Cambodia and a member of journalism collective Ruom.
Denise is bilingual, fluent in English and German, and speaks simple Mandarin Chinese. She also knows basic Khmer, French, Latin and Russian.