Matthieu Aikins

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.

Recent Work
Whoever Saves a Life

Whoever Saves a Life

Seven days inside the life-and-death world of Syria’s first responders  —  the last hope for civilians caught in the chaos.

Last Tango in Kabul

Last Tango in Kabul

While war raged across Afghanistan, expats lived in a bubble of good times and easy money. But as the US withdraws, life has taken a deadly turn.

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