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Alissa J. Rubin

CITATIONNYTCREDIT: Earl Wilson/The New York Times2/10/2015

With grit and grace, Alissa J. Rubin wrote about the struggle of women in Afghanistan for dignity, equality, and respect. Intrigued by a report of an Afghan woman set afire after being accused of burning a Quran, Rubin disclosed how the woman was falsely charged and how the Afghan judicial system ineptly handled the case. She revealed how efforts to integrate women into the Afghan police force were backfiring, telling the story of a young mother who was murdered for becoming a policewoman. Rubin reported the articles at considerable personal risk, sometimes sleeping in her clothes so she could flee at a moment’s notice. That she undertook the assignments just months after being severely injured in a helicopter crash in Iraq speaks to Rubin’s commitment to bear witness.



Alissa Johannsen Rubin is the Paris bureau chief for The New York Times. She joined the Times in 2007, first as a correspondent in Iraq and then in Afghanistan. In 2014, she was seriously injured in a helicopter crash while reporting in Kurdistan. Before joining the Times, she was the Los Angeles Times co-bureau chief in Baghdad and its bureau chief for the Balkans for five years.  She has also been a reporter for Congressional Quarterly magazine, the Wichita Eagle-Beacon, and the Knight-Ridder Washington bureau. A New York City native, Rubin holds degree from Brown University and Columbia University. Awards include the John Chancellor Award for journalistic achievement, an Overseas Press Association award, and the William Allen White Award. She lives in Paris with her husband.


Article by Alissa J. Rubin


Article by Alissa J. Rubin


Article by Alissa J. Rubin

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