Kira Zalan is equal parts tireless reporter, meticulous researcher, and talented writer. If the byline is hers, what follows is a story that’s accurate, unflinchingly honest, and impeccably told–and one that you should spend time reading.
– Doug Lane, author/freelance writer
If there was anyone I would trust with a story — either as the subject or an assignment editor — it would be Kira Zalan. She is tenacious, thorough and always inspired. If the future of journalism was in her hands, we would be in great shape. As a reporter on the Pearl Project, a Georgetown University faculty-student investigative reporting project into the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, Kira developed sources the FBI hadn’t even cultivated, she chased leads that the Pakistan police had dropped, and she brought justice to the life of one of journalism’s fallen heroes. As a friend of Danny’s, I know that he would have been honored to have ever shared a byline with Kira. She carries the torch for investigative journalism in the 21st century.
– Asra Q. Nomani, author and former Wall Street Journal reporter
Kira Zalan is at the forefront of a new generation of smart, inquisitive, brash investigative reporters. Her news gathering is always thorough, her perspective unique, and her writing crisp and direct. I always look forward to reading her work.
– Gary Lee, travel writer, former Moscow bureau chief for Washington Post
Kira Zalan is the best kind of journalist – a storyteller who weaves riveting tales, full of detail and drama, that you can’t put down until the very end.
– Abigail Pesta, Editor-at-Large, Marie Claire
Kira Zalan is a dogged reporter, persistent to the point of being annoying. Annoying, that is, if you’re done something wrong, if you’ve got a secret to keep, or you’ve screwed over the underdog. Not so annoying if she works for you, because she never gives up, never stops working, and never takes no for an answer. She was one of the pillars of the Pearl Project, researching and reporting her heart out, day after day, night after night, weekend after weekend. She’s got that weird mix of determination and skepticism and moral outrage that the truly great investigative reporters all have.
– Barbara Feinman Todd, Journalism Director, English Department, Georgetown University
Kira Zalan was managing editor of The Scene magazine, where her understanding of journalism, story telling, structure and her ability to assign the correct writer to the correct story were immeasurable. She is a great team builder and manager of talent and was greatly appreciated by her staff, peers and the salsa community. Kira is a dedicated, results-oriented writer/manager with a keen eye and attention to detail.
– Lorenzo Haire, Editor-in-Chief, The Scene Magazine.