Journalist, New York Times
New York Times foreign correspondent and four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Rukmini Callimachi has become the go-to reporter on the Islamic State. For her Times podcast “Caliphate,” which tracks the rise of ISIS from their encrypted, online chatrooms to their spread across four continents, Callimachi was awarded the 2018 Peabody Award.
Ranked as the “best podcast of the year so far” by Esquire, the magazine hailed “Caliphate” as “gripping, disturbing and ferociously addictive.” She has been a subject in terrorist chatrooms and cited by U.S. lawmakers and foreign governments. WIRED magazine called her “arguably the best reporter on the most important beat in the world.” For her series, “Underwriting Jihad,” Callimachi won the prestigious George Polk Award in Journalism.
Besides the Pulitzer nomination, her series “The al-Qaeda Papers” won the Michael Kelly Award as well as two Overseas Press Club awards, making her the first reporter in the club’s over-75-year history to win both the Hal Boyle and the Bob Considine Awards in the same year.