Laura Kasinof is a freelance print journalist and writer. From 2011-2012, she reported for the New York Times from Yemen, covering antigovernment protests and conflict that were part of the political upheaval unfolding across the Arab world. Her first book, Don’t Be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen, is about that experience. PRI’s The World named Don’t Be Afraid of the Bullets a top book of 2014 and Kirkus called it, “A moving portrait of life as a war correspondent.”
In recent years, Laura has turned from breaking news to investigative, long form journalism. Her story for the Virginia Quarterly Review that followed a Syrian refugee family in Berlin over the course of one year received a citation from the Overseas Press Club for best magazine reporting in print or digital on an international story in 2018.
Laura has also written for Newsweek, Politico magazine, Slate, Washington Monthly, Vice, Foreign Policy, World Politics Review, GOOD, Harper’s, the Atlantic, Marie Claire, Guernica, and many more. Her work has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the International Reporting Project, the International Women’s Media Foundation, and the International Center for Journalists. Since 2008, she has reported from Egypt, Yemen, Germany, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Lebanon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, South Sudan, the Republic of Georgia, Lesotho, and the United States.
An Arabic speaker, Laura has been featured on TV and radio outlets like BBC News, NPR, Democracy Now, CNN and Al Jazeera. She has spoken about Yemen at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Atlantic Council, Chatham House, and the New America Foundation.
Laura is from small town Pennsylvania and lives in Tbilisi, Georgia. She’s also dabbled in the art of the essay.