Judith Matloff | Columbia Journalism School

Judith Matloff

Adjunct Faculty

Judith Matloff has written about international affairs for 40 years, specializing in areas of turmoil. She is an author of four non-fiction books, and her essays have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine and Book Review, Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.

Matloff started out in the 1980s as a reporter for the Mexico City News covering political upheaval in that region. She then spent a decade at Reuters reporting across Europe and Africa and went on to head the Africa and Moscow bureaus of the Christian Science Monitor. Stories included the demise of apartheid, various wars and the rise of Vladimir Putin.

Matloff’s latest book, "How to Drag a Body and Other Safety Tips You Hope to Never Need," is a manual for pretty much every danger a journalist can encounter. She earlier published "No Friends But the Mountains," which explores the link between conflict and geography, "Fragments of a Forgotten War," about Angola’s war and "Home Girl," which chronicled a Harlem Street.

Matloff is the senior safety advisor of the university’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. She has pioneered safety protocols and training for media around the world. Clients have included NBC, the United Nations, Society of Professional Journalists, BRITDOC, Magnum, State Department, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, International Women’s Media Foundation and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Matloff has a B.A. from Harvard. Her work has won fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the Fulbright Program (twice in Mexico) and the Hoover Institution (Stanford University).


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