Danielle Paquette

Dakar, Senegal

West Africa bureau chief

Education: Indiana University, BA in journalism

Danielle Paquette is The Washington Post’s West Africa bureau chief. Before becoming a foreign correspondent in 2019, she was a reporter on the Financial desk, writing about the economic forces shaping lives across the United States and abroad. Paquette grew up near Indianapolis. She previously covered crime for the Tampa Bay Times and dug up offbeat Hollywood stories for national publications in Los Angeles.
Latest from Danielle Paquette

She lost her house to the rising sea. Nowhere else feels like home.

Senegal faces a hurdle in moving people from the encroaching sea: Yearning for a community derailed.

June 5, 2022

Hospital fire kills 11 infants in Senegal as outrage builds over neglect

The flames tore through Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital in the city of Tivaouane, northeast of the capital, Dakar.

May 26, 2022

As monkeypox panic spreads, doctors in Africa see a double standard

Doctors and infectious-disease experts across the continent have worked to contain monkeypox outbreaks for years. Few seemed to care, or even notice, until people in the West started getting sick.

May 24, 2022

Civilian killings soar as Russian mercenaries join fight in West Africa

Documents, imagery and witness accounts point to a heightened Russian presence in Mali, where the military government is locked in a bloody war with extremists. Profits from the Wagner Group flow back to Moscow, helping prop up Vladimir Putin’s government at at time of growing economic isolation over its war in Ukraine.

May 23, 2022

Biden sending hundreds of U.S. troops to Somalia, reversing Trump

The U.S, military presence in Somalia, numbering about 500, will be focused on al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda affiliate considered the terrorist network’s most lethal and well-funded operation.

May 16, 2022

Senegal sees opportunity and ‘hypocrisy’ in Europe’s search for gas

As the EU ditches Russian gas over the war in Ukraine, West African nations hope to fill the void.

May 13, 2022

One of the deadliest places on Earth to have a baby

Today on Post Reports, we go to Sierra Leone, where having a baby can mean risking your life.

May 6, 2022

Where pregnancy is a deadly gamble

Sierra Leone is one of the riskiest places to have a baby. One teen fears repeating her mother’s story of dying in childbirth.

May 6, 2022

He’s pro-Russian, anti-Zelensky and rallying for Putin in West Africa

The digital diet of a 30-year-old Burkinabe toy seller illustrates how Russia is building the image of a superpower.

April 21, 2022