Dexter Filkins

Dexter Filkins

Writer & Journalist

Dexter Filkins joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2011. He has written about the murder of a journalist in Pakistan, the war in Afghanistan, the crises in Syria and Lebanon and a troubled Iraq war veteran who tracked down the surviving members of a family his unit had opened fire on. Filkins worked at the Miami Herald and the Los Angeles Times, where he was the papers New Delhi bureau chief before joining The New York Times in 2000, reporting from New York, South Asia and Iraq. In 2009, he won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team of Times journalists covering Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2006-07, he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and, from 2007 to 2008, a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has received numerous prizes, including two George Polk Awards and three Overseas Press Club Awards. His book, The Forever War, won the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, and was named a best book of the year by the Times, the Washington Post, Time, and the Boston Globe.



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