National reporter covering breaking news and social movements. Education: Rutgers University, BA in political science; Columbia University, master's in journalism
Emily Wax-Thibodeaux is a National staff writer who covers issues ranging from abortion to pregnancy in the workplace to the #metoo movement.
She has reported from over 30 countries across Africa and South Asia, including coverage of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan and the efforts to launch "Sesame Street" in Afghanistan. She served as India bureau chief from 2007 to 2011 and won multiple awards for her coverage of the three-day Mumbai attacks and the civil war in Sri Lanka. She was the Africa bureau chief from 2002 to 2006 and won the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for her “outstanding reporting on the systematic violence threatening millions of people in the Darfur region of Sudan.”
Perhaps more important than awards, her stories on serial rape in Congo prompted a special hospital wing to be opened, and her narratives about the children of parents with AIDS led readers to fund the establishment of an orphanage in Kenya. A foundation, Girls Gotta Run, was inspired by her stories about female runners in Ethiopia.
She joined The Washington Post in 1999 and covered crime and education and won several feature-writing awards for her coverage of immigrants in America’s public school system. She started her paid reporting career at the Trenton Times before the Internet, when she used to send her stories from school board and municipal meetings by cupping a strange instrument over a landline.
Honors & Awards:
2014 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, part of national team covering the Navy Yard Shootings.
2011 Virginia Press Association award first place award for feature writing for her stories on kings and queens from Afghanistan and Ghana who now call the Washington suburbs home.
Finalist for 2008 South Asia Journalism Award for outstanding piece or series for coverage of Mumbai attacks
2004 winner of the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for outstanding reporting on violence in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Four time finalist for the Livingston Award for her reporting on wars in Sudan, Congo and Liberia.
Foreign languages spoken: some Swahili, Spanish and French. Books by Emily Wax-Thibodeaux:
Her reporting on Sri Lanka's war is featured in Fifty Years of Reporting South Asia