Early in his journalistic career, New Yorker staff writer Ben Taub travelled to the Turkish–Syrian border to report on the devastating Syrian War. A recipient of a George Polk Awards in Magazine Reporting, he has since covered topics ranging from jihadi recruitment in Europe to human trafficking between Nigeria and Italy. The acclaimed journalist is in conversation with reporter and correspondent Ben Doherty about his distinguished reportage – in particular, his extensive coverage of the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Ben Taub (International)

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Ben Taub joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2017. He has written for the magazine about jihadi recruitment in Europe, war crimes in Syria, battlefield medicine, converging crises in the Sahel, and human trafficking along the trans-Saharan migration routes from Nigeria to Italy. In 2014, he received a BA in Philosophy from Princeton University; the next year, he completed an MA in Politics at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. In 2017, Taub’s work on Syria, which was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, was short-listed for a National Magazine Award and won the Livingston Award for International Reporting, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for International Print Reporting, and the Overseas Press Club Award for Investigative Reporting. Taub also received the ASME Next Award for Journalists Under 30, and was named one of the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media.

Ben Doherty (Australian)

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Ben Doherty is Immigration and Asia-Pacific Correspondent for The Guardian. He was formerly Southeast Asia Correspondent for The Guardian, and South Asia correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. He is a three-time Walkley Award-winner, and was 2008 Young Australian Print Journalist of the Year. He holds a Master of International Law and International Relations from the University of New South Wales, and in 2015 was a Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Nagaland.