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Author, and Op-Ed Columnist, New York Times

John W. Kluge Distinguished Visitor - Class of Fall 2017

Roger Cohen, born in Britain, is an American journalist and author. He is a columnist for the New York Times, where he has been for 24 years, first as a foreign correspondent, later as foreign editor. He was responsible for the New York Times foreign desk in the aftermath of 9/11, a year in which the paper won a record seven Pulitzer Prizes. He previously worked for the Wall Street Journal in Rome, Miami, and Rio de Janeiro, and for Reuters in London and Brussels.


Cohen was the New York Times’ European economic correspondent in Paris from January 1992 to April 1994. He then became the paper’s Balkan bureau chief, based in Zagreb, from April 1994 to June 1995, where he covered the Bosnian War and the related Bosnian genocide. He wrote a book about his Balkan experiences, Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo. Published in 1998, it received a Citation for Excellence from the Overseas Press Club.


Cohen moved to Berlin as bureau chief in September 1998 and took over as foreign editor on September 11, 2001.


A graduate of Balliol College, Oxford, he was awarded the Joe Alex Morris lectureship for distinguished foreign correspondence by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and served as Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University. He won an Overseas Press Club prize for coverage of the Bosnian war. In 2012, Cohen received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 8th annual International Media Awards in London.


An American Academy fellow in spring 2006, Cohen is now a trustee.

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