Rajiv Chandrasekaran

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Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Rajiv Chandrasekaran - 2015 National Book Festival (2).jpg
Alma materStanford University
Notable awardsSamuel Johnson Prize

Rajiv Chandrasekaran (Tamil: ராஜீவ் சந்திரசேகரன்) is an American journalist. He is the National Editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1994.


He grew up mostly in the San Francisco Bay area. He attended Stanford University, where he became editor-in-chief of The Stanford Daily and earned a degree in political science.[1]

At The Post he has served as bureau chief in Baghdad, Cairo, and Southeast Asia, and as a correspondent covering the war in Afghanistan. During 2003, the Post put his stories on the front page 138 times.[2] In 2004, he was journalist-in-residence at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies,[3] and a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Chandrasekaran's 2006 book Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone won the 2007 Samuel Johnson Prize[4] and was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Awards for non-fiction.[5] The film Green Zone (2010) is "credited as having been 'inspired by'" the book.[6]


  1. ^ About Rajiv Chandrasekaran Archived 2014-09-09 at Archive.today at official site rajivc.com
  2. ^ Natalie Pompilio. Back from the Rajiv Palace, American Journalism Review, Jan. 2005
  3. ^ "Rajiv Chandrasekaran". International Reporting Project. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  4. ^ Ezard, John (19 June 2007). "Chronicle of US chaos in Iraq wins £30,000 non-fiction prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  5. ^ Persky, Stan (2012). Reading the 21st Century: Books of the Decade, 2000-2009. McGill-Queen's University Press. p. 127. ISBN 0773540474.
  6. ^ McCarthy, Todd (4 March 2010). "Review: "Green Zone"". Variety.


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