Dexter Filkins
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Dexter Filkins
Dexter Filkins
Dexter Price Filkins

(1961-05-24) May 24, 1961 (age 59)
Alma materSt Antony's College, Oxford (MPhil)
Univ. of Florida (BA 1983)
Occupationjournalist, author
Notable work
The Forever War
AwardsPulitzer Prize
2009 The New York Times - International Reporting

Dexter Price Filkins (born May 24, 1961) is an American journalist known primarily for his coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for The New York Times. He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for his dispatches from Afghanistan, and won a Pulitzer in 2009 as part of a team of Times reporters for their dispatches from Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has been called "the premier combat journalist of his generation".[1] He currently writes for The New Yorker.


Filkins received a B.A. in political science from the University of Florida in 1983, and a Master of Philosophy in international relations from Oxford University (1984), where he was a student of St Antony's College.[2][3]


Before joining the Times in September 2000, Filkins was New Delhi bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times for three years. He reported from The New York Times' Baghdad bureau in Iraq from 2003 to 2006.

In 2006-2007, Filkins was at Harvard University on a Nieman Fellowship; in 2007-2008, he was a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.[2]

Filkins' book, The Forever War (2008), chronicling his experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, was a New York Times best-seller.[4]The Forever War won the National Book Critics Circle Award for best nonfiction book of 2008,[5] and was named one of the best nonfiction books of the year by, among others, The New York Times,[6],[7]The Washington Post,[8]Time,[9] and the Boston Globe.[10]

Filkins joined The New Yorker in 2011.[2]


Filkins has received two George Polk Awards, given annually by Long Island University to honor contributions to journalistic integrity and investigative reporting. He was cited for his reports from the assault on Fallujah, Iraq, in November 2004, when the Marine company he travelled with lost a quarter of its men in eight days.[11] In 2011, Filkins and The New York Times colleague Mark Mazzetti won for their reporting on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Filkins has won two National Magazine Awards; in 2009, for his story, "Right At the Edge," and in 2011 for "Bedrooms of the Fallen," an essay with the photographer Ashley Gilbertson. Both appeared in the New York Times Magazine.

Filkins' article "Right at the Edge" (September 7, 2008) was part of the body of work by the staff of The New York Times awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished reporting on international affairs.[12]

In 2010, his reporting for The New York Times from Iraq and Afghanistan, alongside the work of photographer Tyler Hicks and reporter C. J. Chivers, was selected by New York University as one of the "Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade".[13]



  • Filkins, Dexter (2008). The forever war. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Essays and reporting


  1. ^ Bennett, Philip (15 March 2009). "What We Don't Know About Iraq". Washington Post. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Dexter Filkins". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "St Antony's College Newsletter" (PDF). St Antony's College. Spring 2007. Retrieved 2015. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ New York Times Bestsellers, Hardcover Nonfiction
  5. ^ "National Book Critics Circle Announces Award Winners (2008)". Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Editors of The New York Times (December 3, 2008). "The 10 Best Books of 2008". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "Best Books of 2008". Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "Holiday Guide - Best Books of 2008". The Washington Post. December 7, 2008.
  9. ^ "The Top 10 Everything Of 2008". Time. November 3, 2008.
  10. ^ Kenney, Michael (December 7, 2008). "Getting the goods - nonfiction: A guide to the most memorable titles of 2008, from entertaining to inspiring". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ "George Polk Awards for Journalism press release" (Press release). Long Island University. February 21, 2005. Retrieved 2006.
  12. ^ "The 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winners: International Reporting". Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ "Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade, 2000-2009". New York University. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ Online version is titled "A Bigger Problem Than ISIS?".

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