Azmat Khan | Columbia Journalism School

Azmat Khan

Patti Cadby Birch Assistant Professor of Journalism and Director, Simon and June Li Center for Global Journalism

Azmat Khan is a Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter.

She is a writer for New York Times Magazine, a Carnegie Fellow, and the Patti Cadby Birch Assistant Professor of Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, where she is also the director of the Simon and June Li Center for Global Journalism.

Khan's investigations — most notably "The Civilian Casualty Files" in the New York Times, "The Uncounted" in the Times Magazine, and "Ghost Schools" for BuzzFeed’s investigations team — have prompted widespread policy impact and won more than a dozen awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, two National Magazine Awards, two Overseas Press Club awards, the Polk Award, the Hillman Prize, the John Seigenthaler Courage In Journalism Award, and other honors.

Her multi-part series "The Civilian Casualty Files" was awarded the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. The project was the culmination of more than five years of Khan’s reporting, including ground investigation as the sites of more than 100 civilian casualty incidents in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, more than 1,300 formerly secret military records she obtained in a legal battle with the Department of Defense, and scores of interviews with military and local sources.

Khan serves on the Board of Directors of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and as First Vice-President of the Overseas Press Club’s Board of Governors. She is an International Security Program Fellow at New America, where she was previously a Future of War Fellow. She was also previously a fellow at the Macdowell Colony and a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good.

Khan received an MSt. from Oxford University, which she attended as a Clarendon Scholar, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. She has also studied at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

She is writing a book for Random House investigating America's air wars.