Emily Wax-Thibodeaux is a National staff writer who covers veterans.
She served as the India bureau chief from 2007-2011 and won multiple awards for her coverage of the Mumbai attacks and the civil war in Sri Lanka. She was the Africa bureau chief from 2002 to 2006 and won the 2004 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for her coverage of the war in Sudan’s Darfur region.
Her stories on serial rape as a weapon of war in Congo prompted a special hospital wing to be opened in eastern Congo, and her narratives about the children of AIDS parents led readers to fund the establishment of an orphanage in Kenya. A foundation - Girls Gotta Run - was inspired by her stories about girl runners in Ethiopia.
She came to the paper in 1999 and covered crime and education and won several feature writing awards for her coverage immigrants in America’s public school system.