Corinne Purtill

Corinne Purtill got her start covering snipers, prostitution and planning board meetings for the Gazette newspapers near Washington, DC. After decamping to Phnom Penh to work as a reporter and editor for the Cambodia Daily, she later covered the environment for the Arizona Republic, with a very successful stint at Trader Joe’s in between. Her work has appeared in Salon,, USA Today, and other outlets. Previously GlobalPost’s Senior Correspondent for the United Kingdom, she is now a reporter for Quartz.
Corinne has a BA in English from Stanford University and lives in California with her family. Email her at corinne.purtill at and follow her on Twitter at @corinnepurtill.

Recent Stories


A haunting tale of isolation, loyalty, murder, and survival

In 2004, 34 men, women and children stepped out of a forest in southern Laos. They had never seen cars, telephones or television, and believed that they were refugees from a war engulfing their native Cambodia. They did not know that the war they were fleeing had in fact ended — a full 25 years earlier. Journalist Corinne Purtill traveled to Cambodia to learn about their life on the run.