Alissa J. Rubin

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Alissa Johannsen Rubin is an American journalist who spent much of her career covering the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans. She began covering for The New York Times in 2007. Previously, she was a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times from 1997.[1]

In August 2007, Rubin was named deputy bureau chief in the Baghdad bureau of The New York Times. In 2009, Rubin became the chief of The Times's bureau in Kabul, Afghanistan.[1]

Rubin was seriously injured in a helicopter crash covering the war in northern Iraq on August 16, 2014.[2] She suffered multiple fractures but was able to dictate a report of the accident. The crash killed the helicopter's pilot and injured others, including Vian Dakhil, a Yazidi member of Iraq's parliament.[2][3]


Rubin won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for "thoroughly reported and movingly written accounts giving voice to Afghan women who were forced to endure unspeakable cruelties."[4]

In 2015, she won the John Chancellor Award from the Columbia Journalism School for her career of 35 years reporting on Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans.[5]

Rubin won an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 1992 writing about the reality versus politics of abortion in the 1990s.[6]


  1. ^ a b McPhate, Mike (April 18, 2016). "Alissa Rubin, 2016 Pulitzer Winner, reports from the Front Lines". New York Times.
  2. ^ a b Raab, Lauren (August 12, 2014). "Fatal helicopter crash in Iraq injures New York Times journalist". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  3. ^ Alissa J. Rubin (August 16, 2014). "On a Helicopter, Going Down: Inside a Lethal Crash in Iraq". The New York Times. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times". The Pulitzer Prizes. Columbia University. 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  5. ^ Martinet, Caroline (2016). "2015 John Chancellor Award Winner". Columbia Journalism School. Columbia University. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Alissa Rubin". The Alicia Patterson Foundation. Retrieved January 16, 2015.

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