I am an experienced foreign correspondent covering the greater Middle East and North Africa -- including Iran, Afghanistan, and Turkey -- for English-language news organizations. My geographical areas of speciality include Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, the Arabian Peninsula states, and North Africa, including Libya
and Tunisia. I write about war, politics, economy, and culture.
I am a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for coverage of Iraq
I contribute regularly to Foreign Policy
, The Atlantic
, and The Daily Beast
, and am a frequent commentator and reporter on English-language radio and television in North America and Europe.
I have worked for the Los Angeles Times, Financial Times
, BuzzFeed News
, and Associated Press.
My work has appeared in The New York Times
, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, the Newark Star-Ledger, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, as well as the South China Morning Post,, the Toronto Globe & Mail, the Singapore Straits Times, the Times of London, and the Independent (UK). I have been a guest speaker at universities, and have also taught journalism to college students.
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