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Babak Dehghanpisheh

Baghdad bureau chief, Newsweek

Dehghanpisheh was born in Shiraz, Iran and moved to the U.S. when he was 10. He graduated from Arizona State University with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. He began his journalism career for Newsweek in Johannesburg in 1998. He moved to New York for the magazine in 2001 and was just one block from the World trade Center when it collapsed. Weeks later, he was sent to Afghanistan. In early 2003, he traveled to northern Iraq, to cover Kurdish fighters and American soldiers who were fighting their way south to Baghdad. In addition to reporting from Afghanistan and Iraq, Dehghanpisheh has reported from Iran, Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. In 2007, he became Newsweek’s Baghdad bureau chief. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Headliner Award and a finalist for a National Magazine Award in 2002 for his work as the lead reporter on the Newsweek cover story, “The War Crimes of Afghanistan.” In 2003, he won the Society of Publishers in Asia’s Young Journalist Award for his Afghanistan coverage and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for his Iraq coverage.

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