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Coffee With Devon Haynie

Words: Laicie Heeley
Pictures: Holson House

Over the past few weeks, I’ve caught myself repeating the same words an alarming number of times… foreign, as if from a far-off land where contrived banalities and clichés are brilliant turns of phrase.

“Well, I’m a mom, so… [insert totally emotional and not-so-complex policy analysis here]”

It’s ridiculous, but somehow, entirely relevant not just to sex scandals and school shootings, but also to the concept of conflict, itself.

And I can’t help but feel a kinship with parents and soon-to-be parents who might also have experienced this kid coup in their brain.

Devon Haynie is the news editor on US News & World Report’s international news team, coordinating freelance coverage of Latin America and Africa. She also reports and produces her own stories and has more than a decade of journalism experience.

Devon is truly impressive, and her project at US News is even moreso — an oasis of honest international storytelling in a news cycle that can rarely engage beyond a hot take.

And when we sat down to talk, Devon was preparing to welcome her first child into the world. So, we talked about kids.

We also talked about Stranger Things. And how she busted her ass and took risks to get to where she is.

Devon’s daughter, Isabel, was born in January.

And, so far, she’s getting along just fine with the giant cats.

Laicie Heeley

Editor in Chief

Laicie Heeley is the founding CEO of Inkstick Media, where she serves as Editor in Chief of the foreign policy magazine Inkstick and Executive Producer and Host of the PRX- and Inkstick-produced podcast, Things That Go Boom. Heeley’s reporting has appeared on public radio stations across America and the BBC, where she’s explored global security issues including domestic terrorism, disinformation, nuclear weapons, and climate change. Prior to launching Inkstick, Heeley was a Fellow with the Stimson Center’s Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program and Policy Director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Her publications include work on sanctions, diplomacy, and nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, along with the first full accounting of US counterterrorism spending after 9/11.


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