Alissa J. Rubin

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Alissa Johannsen Rubin is an American journalist who began covering the Middle East for The New York Times in 2007. Previously, she had been a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times beginning in 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 TheTimes'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]


Rubin is married and resides in Paris, France.


  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. 
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  6. ^ "Alissa Rubin". The Alicia Patterson Foundation. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 

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