Kim Wall was an award-winning journalist working in print, video, radio, and longform. She reported on gender, popular culture, identity and foreign policy from China, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Haiti, North Korea, India and the Marshall Islands. In her four short years as a full-time reporter, Kim wrote about Cuba’s underground market for digital content and culture, why Chinese feminists descended on the Women’s March in Washington D.C., how the politics of opportunity played out inside an emerging Chinatown in Uganda, and how female combatants of the Tamil Tigers were failed by the promises of a feminist utopia. Her prose and films appeared in Harper’s Magazine, New York Times, Foreign Policy, Atlantic, TIME, Slate, Vice and Guardian. She was a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and the London School of Economics.
On August 10, 2017, Kim disappeared after boarding the Danish inventor Peter Madsen’s submarine off the coast of Copenhagen. Ten days later, her body was found by the police. The investigation to her murder is ongoing. She had just turned 30 in March.
“Such horrible news is made sadder by the fact that Kim had only recently started a bright career as a clever, adventurous journalist,” her editors at Harper’s Magazine wrote.
The Kim Wall Memorial Fund was established by her family and friends to honor her spirit and legacy. The grant will fund a young female reporter to cover subculture, broadly defined, and what Kim liked to call “the undercurrents of rebellion.”
The funds collected here will be directed to the International Women’s Media Foundation, a steadfast ally to women journalists, who have agreed to support and administer this grant.
Kim would have wanted more women to be out in the world, brushing up against life. We are asking for your help in realizing her vision of this braver, lovelier world.