Kim Wall, who wrote the Letter from Havana for our July issue, was reported missing in Denmark on August 11. She disappeared after boarding an amateur-built submarine owned by Peter Madsen, a Danish inventor. Police quickly began a search for Kim; the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Women’s Media Foundation became involved; news reports piled up, escalating intrigue about what transpired. Last week, police confirmed that she was dead. Madsen is in custody, facing charges of involuntary manslaughter.
Such horrible news is made sadder by the fact that Kim had only recently started a bright career as a clever, adventurous journalist. For Harper’s Magazine, she wrote a feature on tech culture in Cuba and a Postcard from Uganda; she had also been assigned a story that she planned to report in China next month. For other outlets, she traveled to Sri Lanka, Haiti, and the Marshall Islands. As the magazine grieves her loss, we encourage our readers to revisit and enjoy her work.
• The Weekly Package (July, 2017)
• Ghost Stories (December, 2016)