Yaffa Fredrick is a multimedia reporter in New York City. She specializes in short form content, with an emphasis on foreign affairs, the arts, and gender issues. Since beginning her professional career, Yaffa Fredrick has developed custom broadcast and digital content for MTV, PBS, and most recently, the World Policy Journal.
A graduate of Wellesley College with a dual degree in political science and film, Fredrick researches stories that both inform her target audience and inspire them to take action on a host of issues in need of support.
Often, she focuses on global issues. This affinity was largely inspired by her studies at the Oxford University in the United Kingdom. While in the UK, Fredrick explored topics such as the politics of African economies and the intricacies of Middle Eastern affairs. This experience motivated her to complete a thesis on the Politics of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, for which she earned honors in her major and the prestigious Jerome F. Schiff Fellowship.
Fredrick’s interest in pursuing global stories also propelled her to participate in the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute of Global Affairs, where she had the privilege of learning under the former Secretary of State and many of her political contemporaries.
In addition to her passion for global affairs, she also has a special interest in legislative affairs and the legal system. Fredrick was drawn to these fields by her time working at Georgetown University’s Law Center and the New York County Office of the District Attorney. During that time, she witnessed the legislative and judicial processes at work, and has since searched for stories to build around these important civic processes.
When Fredrick is not scouring for a story, she can be found exploring mom-and-pop coffee shops or searching local bookstores for out-of-print classics. She has been known to occasionally write about the unusual existence of being a twenty-something in New York.