Smaranda is a French-Romanian freelance journalist. She has lived and reported in the U.S., France, Canada and Morocco. In 2016-17, she covered the last days of France's largest refugee camp, the "Jungle" in Calais, and is producing a multimedia documentary on the region's history of international migration and human rights violations.
In Morocco, she investigated the government's use of spyware to target regime dissidents, the emergence of feminist movements on social media to counter the country's ban on abortion, and cultural tensions around women's issues.
Smaranda is an MA candidate at CUNY's Craig Newmark School of Journalism and speaks five languages. An avid photographer and illustrator, she is passionate about bringing stories to life using visual mediums.