|Education||Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Homewood-Flossmoor High School
Borzou Daragahi (born c. 1969) is a print and radio journalist and the former Baghdad bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times. Since September 2011, he has been a Cairo-based Middle East and North Africa correspondent for the Financial Times. A U.S. citizen of Iranian descent, he was a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his coverage of Iraq and led the bureau that was named a 2007 Pulitzer finalist for its Iraq coverage. He was also named a 2010 Pulitzer finalist for his coverage of the 2009 election unrest in Iran. He has covered Iran, Afghanistan, Lebanon and the wider Middle East. Before joining the Los Angeles Times in 2005, he was a freelance journalist for a number of publications and radio outlets, including the Newark, N.J. Star-Ledger and Marketplace (radio program). He covered the build-up to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq for the Associated Press.
After 4½ years in Iraq, Daragahi moved on in 2007 to a new assignment in Beirut. On April 10, 2007, The L.A. Times started publishing a front page memoir of his time in Iraq. The article describes the tactics used by reporters working under potentially lethal conditions, and provides personal insight into the effects of terror and stress on those working in combat zones.
On February 6, 2013, Daragahi apologized for sending a tweet suggesting that Israel might have bribed Bulgaria to accuse Hezbollah of responsibility for a deadly bus bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria, on July 18, 2012, in which six people were killed, including five Israeli tourists. “I don’t doubt Hezbollah/Iran could be behind Bulgaria bombing, but also think Israel could pay Sofia to say anything,” Daragahi had tweeted.
- "Reporter sorry for suggesting Israel bribed Bulgaria". Times of Israel. 7 Feb 2013.
- 2005 Pulitzer.org citation
- 2007 Pulitzer.org citation
- 2010 Pulitzer.org citation
- 2011 American Academy of Diplomacy Arthur Ross Media award citation
- 2011 interview about covering the Arab Spring
- Iranian.com articles
- Interview: Editcopy blog
- LA Times memoir
- April 10, 2007 interview about time in Iraq on The World (radio program)
- Hour-long May 13, 2007 interview on C-SPAN's Q&A (talk show).
- Profile in Persianesque magazine
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