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Kim Barker


New York Times

Kim Barker was the South Asia bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune from 2004 to 2009. In late 2009 and early 2010, Ms. Barker was the Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where she focused on Pakistan and Afghanistan and United States policy. Her book, "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan," published by Doubleday, later became the basis for the movie "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot." Ms. Barker is now an investigative reporter at The New York Times, focusing on long-term projects and narrative writing. This year, she helped write and put together an eight-part podcast for The Times and Serial. Last year, she was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Ms. Barker has also worked for ProPublica, The Seattle Times, The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash., and The Times in northwest Indiana. She has won investigative-reporting awards from organizations such as Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, and Best of the West. She is from Montana and Wyoming.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.