Rajiv Chandrasekaran

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Rajiv Chandrasekaran at the 2007 Brooklyn Book Festival.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran (Tamil: ராஜீவ் சந்திரசேகரன்) is an Indian-American journalist. He is the National Editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1994. Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Chandrasekaran holds a degree in political science from Stanford University, where he was editor-in-chief of The Stanford Daily.

At The Post he has served as bureau chief in Baghdad, Cairo, and Southeast Asia, and as a correspondent covering the war in Afghanistan. In 2004, he was journalist-in-residence at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies,[1] and a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

His first book is Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone published in 2006, which won the 2007 Samuel Johnson Prize[2] and was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Awards for non-fiction.[3] The film Green Zone (2010) is "credited as having been 'inspired by'" the book.[4]


  1. ^ "Rajiv Chandrasekaran". International Reporting Project. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Ezard, John (19 June 2007). "Chronicle of US chaos in Iraq wins £30,000 non-fiction prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Persky, Stan (2012). Reading the 21st Century: Books of the Decade, 2000-2009. McGill-Queen's University Press. p. 127. ISBN 0773540474. 
  4. ^ McCarthy, Todd (4 March 2010). "Review: "Green Zone"". Variety. 


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