The Trailblazer Award | 02/22/2016
Alissa Rubin is the Paris bureau chief for The New York Times and has spent much of her remarkable 35-year reporting career covering conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans. She began her work as a foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times in 1997, and since joining The New York Times in 2007 has focused on the Middle East, including the plight of the Yazidis in Iraq. Rubin has received considerable recognition for her journalism, most notably her frontline coverage of human stories during wartime in the face of personal risk and danger. She has contributed critical work documenting the diverse roles of women in conflict areas, including cases of sexual violence, women in the police force, and women’s participation in violent insurgency.