C. J. Chivers

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C.J. Chivers
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Born Christopher John Chivers
1964 (age 52–53)
Binghamton, N.Y.
Occupation journalist, Marine (retired)
Agent Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency
Notable credit(s) The New York Times, Esquire, Foreign Affairs, Wired, Military History Quarterly, Providence Journal, Field & Stream, Salt Water Sportsman, Surfer
2007 Michael Kelly Award winner
Spouse(s) Suzanne Keating
Children five children
Website http://cjchivers.com

Christopher John Chivers (born 1964) is an American journalist and author best known for his work with The New York Times. He is currently assigned to The New York Times Magazine and the newspaper's Investigations Desk as a long-form writer and investigative reporter.[1] In the summer of 2007, he was named the newspaper's Moscow bureau chief, replacing Steven Lee Myers. Along with several reporters and photographers based in Pakistan and Afghanistan, he contributed to a New York Times staff entry that received the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2009. He later received the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2017. His book, The Gun, a work of history published under the Simon & Schuster imprint, was released in October, 2010.

Chivers attended the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University. At Cornell, Chivers played Defensive Line for Sprint Football all four years, and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. After graduating in 1987, Chivers served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He graduated from the United States Army's Ranger School, served in the first Gulf War and in peacekeeping operations during the Los Angeles riots in 1992 before being honorably discharged as a captain in 1994.[2]

Following graduation from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism a year later, Chivers reported for the Providence Journal on the Providence city government from 1995[3] to 1999.[4]

For the Times, Chivers covered the New York Police Department from 1999 to 2001, when he became a foreign correspondent. He has reported from Afghanistan, Israel, Iraq and all of the former Soviet nations. In Russia he has covered Chechnya and Beslan. In Uzbekistan, he covered the Andijan massacre in 2005.

In 2010 his work in The Times from Afghanistan and Iraq, with that of the reporter Dexter Filkins and the photographer Tyler Hicks, was recognized by New York University as one of the Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade. As in those conflicts, the improvised weapons and munitions of Sunni Islamists was an important focus of his reporting on Libya in 2011 and on Syria in 2012.[5]

In 2013 Chivers published an article in the New York Times about the ordeal of Matt Schrier as hostage in the hands of Syrian rebels while Schrier's cellmate Peter Theo Curtis still was held captive. Chivers disclosed that Curtis had helped Schrier escape, putting Curtis in jeopardy and delivering him to abuse by his kidnappers.[6][7]



In 1997, Chivers received the Livingston Award for International Reporting for a series published in the Providence Journal-Bulletin on the collapse of commercial fishing in the North Atlantic.[8]


Two of Chivers' stories from Afghanistan were cited in the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.


With Steven Lee Myers, Chivers received a citation for best newspaper reporting from abroad from the Overseas Press Club for coverage of the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis in the Times.


Chivers is the recipient of the 2007 Michael Kelly Award and the National Magazine Award For Reporting for his reconstruction of the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis written for Esquire magazine.[9] That Esquire article has been optioned for a feature film by Imagine Entertainment.[10] He is also the 2007 winner of the Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline Reporting, awarded by the American Society of Newspaper Editors for his account in the Times of a Navy corpsman's efforts to save a Marine wounded by a sniper in Anbar Province, Iraq.[11]

Chivers won the 2007 Golden Verb award for excellence from MediaSoyuz, a Russian journalism society, for coverage of Chechnya and an honorable mention from the Overseas Press Club for best newspaper reporting from abroad, for "Marines in Iraq."


Chivers was part of a team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.


Chivers won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. "For showing, through an artful accumulation of fact and detail, that a Marine’s postwar descent into violence reflected neither the actions of a simple criminal nor a stereotypical case of PTSD."



In 2008 he, his wife, and five children returned to the United States from Russia. Chivers and his family reside in Rhode Island.