Sarah Topol


Sarah is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. For over a decade, she has reported from more than three dozen countries in the Middle East, former Soviet Union, Asia and Africa. Her story about the political uprising in Belarus was a finalist for the 2023 National Magazine Awards for feature writing as well as the 2023 True Story Award. Her reporting on Taiwan and Hong Kong won the Newswomen’s Club of New York 2021 Marie Colvin Award for Foreign Correspondence. Her story about a young Uyghur woman trying to free her parents from the Xinjiang concentration camps won the 2020 Overseas Press Club Ed Cunningham Award for best magazine feature and was a finalist for the 2020 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. Her piece about the Rohingya genocide won the 2020 National Magazine Award for feature writing and appears in The Best American Magazine Writing 2020. Her article about Nigerian boys abducted and forced to fight for Boko Haram received a citation from the Overseas Press Club for best international reporting on human rights. It was also a finalist for the 2018 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. She won the 2012 Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism for her coverage of the civil war in Libya for GQ. Sarah grew up in New York City. She speaks Russian fluently. Sarah moved to Cairo in 2008 and then to Istanbul in 2013. She is currently based between Lisbon and New York.

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