Borzou Daragahi, b 1969, is a Cairo-based correspondent covering North Africa and the Middle East for the Financial Times. He served previously as the Los Angeles Times’ bureau chief in Beirut, where he was named a 2010 Pulitzer prize finalist international reporting for his coverage of the 2009 uprising in Iran and its aftermath, and the paper’s bureau chief in Baghdad, where he led the team that was recognized as a 2007 Pulitzer finalist in international reporting. He was also named a 2005 Pulitzer finalist in international reporting for his coverage of Iraq for the Newark Star-Ledger. He has been reporting and writing about war, politics, culture and commerce for print and radio from the Arab world, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan and the Caucasus since shortly after Sept. 11, 2001. Arriving in Iraqi Kurdistan in Sept. 2002, he covered the 2003 war as well as its build-up and aftermath as a full-time freelancer for The Associated Press. Other freelance credits include The New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Times, Foreign Policy and San Francisco Chronicle as well as the Independent of London, the Daily Star of Lebanon and the South China Morning Post of Hong Kong. He has produced documentary radio reports for public radio in the U.S., especially the shows Marketplace and The World, and Canada and appears frequently as a a contributor on television, especially on the English edition of France 24, the French news channel, and PBS’ Newshour. Previously he wrote for Money magazine in New York, newspapers in Massachusetts and business publications after graduating with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1994. He is a 1991 graduate of the Eugene Lang College of the New School for Social Research. He has taught journalism at Purchase College and Pratt Institute in New York and appeared as a guest speaker at Columbia University, New York University, Middlebury College, the University of Pittsburgh and Centre College in Kentucky. Born in Iran, he grew up in the Chicago area and New York City. He speaks Persian as well as sone Spanish, German, Arabic and a little French. He is married to Delphine Minoui, a Middle East correspondent for the French daily Le Figaro, and has a daughter.
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