Dexter Filkins is an American journalist that has primarily covered foreign wars for the New York Times in the aughts and since 2011, for New Yorker. His profile also states that he wrote for The Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times, although the websites don’t have his articles available through their search parameters. Filkins won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009, two George Polk Awards, two National Magazine Awards, and was a Nieman fellow in 2007, and a Carr Center fellow in 2008, both at Harvard University.
Schooling B.A. – University of Florida – Political Science M.P. – University of Oxford – International Relations
03-14-17 – Filkins started working at the New York Times covering silly, local things, and quickly moved to covering on location, first with the Presidential Election of 2000, then the New York City mayoral race, and after 9/11, he was sent to Afghanistan and then Iraq, and has covered most of the Middle East for the last decade.
On the surface, not many American journalists are capable of covering the Middle East while remaining objective. They must be wary of, and cannot be immune to being fed misinformation by “officials” in attempts to sway outcomes or attitudes. Filkins’ work seems to be transparent and as fair as possible, but he still does use a lot of unnamed sources, something pretty commonplace these days. The best I can say about Filkins is that I have trouble imagining what an opposition voice would sound like. The pieces I have read are of the Iraq, Syria, Iran, and they are topics that seem both under-reported and shine a light from a new direction.
Filkins has published one book:
2008 – The Forever War
The following are links to Filkins’s published articles and content, in order from earliest to latest: