About me


Maria Groot is a freelance journalist

My work has appeared in Slate, Courrier International, De Groene Amsterdammer, De Standaard, MO*, OneWorld, , Roads & Kingdoms, Reader’s Digest and Apache among others.

I have led cross-border investigations about slavery in Mauritania, migrant smuggling from the Netherlands and Belgium into the UK and the cultural sector in Nigeria. These projects were supported by Free Press Unlimited, Journalismfund.eu, Fonds Pascal Decroos and others.

I hold a postgraduate degree in International Research Journalism (Thomas More, BE) a bachelor’s degree in Journalism (AP Hogeschool, BE) and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (Artez, NL)

I was born in The Netherlands in 1983 and moved to Belgium in 2004. I am currently based in Palermo (Italy) and Antwerp (Belgium)