Matthieu Aikins is Puffin Foundation Fellow at Type Media Center, a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, and a contributing editor at Rolling Stone.
He has reported from Afghanistan and the Middle East since 2008 for magazines such as the New Yorker, Harper's, and GQ, and has been a fellow at New America, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the American Academy in Berlin. His first book, about a journey to Europe with refugees, will be published by Harper in 2022.
He is a frequent guest commentator and analyst on national radio and television programs, including MSNBC, the BBC, the CBC, and National Public Radio. His work was featured in the anthology The Best American Magazine Writing 2012.
Matthieu is the winner of the 2014 Livingston Award and a two-time finalist for the National Magazine Award in the Reporting category. He received the 2013 Polk Award for magazine reporting, the Medill Medal for Courage, and the Kurt Schork Award for his Rolling Stone article "The A-Team Killings," which uncovered evidence of war crimes in Afghanistan. In 2010, he won a National Magazine Award in Canada for 'Best New Creative Talent' for his article 'Last Stand in Kandahar', which appeared on the cover of the November issue of the Walrus. In 2008 and 2009 he also received prizes from the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Atlantic Journalism Awards.
Matthieu grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and has a master's degree in Near Eastern Studies from New York University.
Puffin Foundation Fellow Matthieu Aikins and Ida B. Wells Fellow Lila Hassan are part of the New York Times team to win the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for their “courageous and relentless reporting.”
Type Media Center welcomes Matthieu Aikins as a Puffin Foundation Fellow! Aikins is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. He has reported from Afghanistan and the Middle East since 2008.
“What is most difficult for us to imagine is not tragedy but the prospect of living in its aftermath.” By Matthieu Aikins in the New York Times Magazine, with photographs by Ross McDonnell.
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