Rod Nordland was named Baghdad Bureau Chief in 2003 after the start of the Iraq War. In 2004, Nordland’s reporting was part of the war coverage that garnered Newsweek it’s tenth National Magazine Award for General Excellence. When he’s not in the Baghdad Bureau, he lives in Beirut.
Before Baghdad, Nordland was a correspondent-at-large, reporting from around the world and offering exclusive reporting and insight on America’s war on terror following the September 11 terrorist attacks. His assignments in recent years have ranged from covering the war and terrorists links in Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the civil wars in Bosnia and Kosovo. He has also frequently reported on the Middle East, Russia, Africa and Asia and the Vatican.
Nordland is one of a breed of correspondents at Newsweek who are able to drop in on a story with very little warning, in hostile climes, and report on it brilliantly. When not doing “fireman” work for the magazine, he develops special projects, often requiring travel to numerous countries. He has tracked slave traders in Mauritania, marched in the Nicaraguan jungle with the Contras and interviewed King Hussein, Yasir Arafat and Hosni Mubarak, among other world leaders. In all, Nordland has filed from more than 100 countries during his years overseas. He has been a lead reporter or author of more than 50 Newsweek cover stories, including “The Next Chernobyl,” a special report on the world’s most dangerous nuclear power facilities. He co-authored Newsweek’s all-editions cover on AIDS in Africa, “10 Million Orphans.”
His many honors include a 1997 Amnesty International Press Award for his Newsweek International cover story, “The Death of a Village” (April 15, 1996), which detailed the fate of one Muslim village in Bosnia that was “cleansed” by Serbs; two Edwin Hood Awards for Diplomatic Correspondence from the National Press Club in recent years; and two George Polk Awards for international reporting.
Nordland was named correspondent-at-large in January 1996, having served as Balkans bureau chief since August 1993 and, previously, as Rome bureau chief since June 1988. Prior to that, he served as a deputy foreign editor and senior writer based in New York. Nordland joined Newsweek in 1984 as Middle East bureau chief, based first in Beirut—until an unsuccessful attempt by terrorists to take him hostage—and then in Cairo.
Previously Nordland was with The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he shared a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Three Mile Island crisis. He won a 1982 George Polk Special Award for international reporting from Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. That same year he was also the finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in foreign correspondence. His last assignment for the Inquirer was as correspondent for Central America; before that he had been the paper’s Southeast Asia correspondent based in Bangkok.
A native of Philadelphia, Nordland is the author of “Names and Numbers: A Journalist’s Guide to the Most Needed Information Sources and Contacts” (John Wiley & Sons, 1978) and editor of “The Watergate Files” (Flash Books, 1973). Nordland is a 1972 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, which made him an alumni fellow in 1986. In 1988-1989 Nordland was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.