Judith Matloff | Columbia Journalism School

Judith Matloff

Adjunct Faculty

Judith Matloff has written about international affairs for 30 years, specializing in areas of turmoil. She is an author of three 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, No Friends but the Mountains, explores the link between geography and conflict. https://www.amazon.com/Friends-but-Mountains-Dispatches-Highlands/dp/046... She earlier published Fragments of a Forgotten War, about Angola’s war, and Home Girl, which chronicled a Harlem Street.

She has pioneered safety training for media around the world. Client have included NBC, 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 BA from Harvard. Her work won fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the Fulbright Program (twice in Mexico) and the Hoover Institution (Stanford University). 

Profile of her course in the Columbia Record.



701 Journalism