I’m a journalist and currently on a Knight Science journalism fellowship at M.I.T.

I have written for The Atlantic, The Nation, The Village Voice, The Guardian, Guernica, De Morgen, De Standaard, De Tijd, CNN.com, and Al Jazeera America, where I was a staff reporter for three years — in New York City, London, and Doha, covering public health. I also was a field producer at CNN in Brussels covering ISIS, and have fact-checked pieces for The New Yorker.

I was awarded a 2015 ivoh for my reporting on homeless women’s menstrual health in New York City, spurring Intros 1122-A, 1123-A, and 1128-A in the NY legislature providing free tampons and pads to shelters, prisons, and public schools. The story also spurred a vote by FEMA that permitted shelters to purchase menstrual products with grant funds. In 2019, the Menstrual Equity for All Act was introduced into Congress.

My work on Native American women veterans and their struggle with PTSD for Al Jazeera America was honored with a 2014 Sigma Delta Chi for best non-deadline reporting.

In 2018, my feature on the women seaweed farmers fighting climate change in Zanzibar was shortlisted for a One World Media award:

“Through in-depth research and evocative writing … De Bode expertly intertwines a number of complex issues including feminism, mythology, climate change, science, and capitalism.” — jury citation

In 2011, I was awarded the Aanmoedigingsprijs Dick Scherpenzeel for young foreign correspondent of the year, writing in Dutch, for my book from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on women’s rights, 10 years after Sept. 11.

“Een sterk debuut van een beloftevol auteur.” — MO

My work has been supported by the International Women’s Media Foundation, where I was an 2017 Great Lakes Reporting Fellow, the United Nations Refugee Agency, and Fonds Pascal Decroos, among others.

I have spoken at various organizations including Human Rights Watch, Sciences Po, Harvard University, The New School, the World Economic Forum, The Newswomen's Club of New York, and TEDx.  

Ten years after dropping out of medical school at the University of Leuven, Belgium, I completed HEFAT and emergency first aid training courses at Columbia University.