Sarah Stillman, recipient of the Carter Journalism Institute’s inaugural Reporting Award and recently named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, won a 2012 National Magazine Award and a 2012 Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism for the article she wrote under the Institute’s sponsorship. Her piece, which appeared in the June 6, 2011 issue of The New Yorker, exposed the poor treatment of foreign workers on U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sarah Stillman is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a visiting scholar at the N.Y.U. Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She has written on topics ranging from civil forfeiture to amateur drone builders and from Mexico’s drug cartels to Bangladesh’s garment-factory workers. She won the 2012 National Magazine Award for Public Interest for her reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan on labor abuses and human trafficking on United States military bases, and also received the Michael Kelly Award for “the fearless pursuit and expression of truth,” the Overseas Press Club’s Joe and Laurie Dine Award for international human-rights reporting, and the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism. Her reporting on the high-risk use of young people as confidential informants in the war on drugs received a George Polk Award and the Molly National Journalism Prize, and her more recent work on the kidnapping and extortion of immigrant children at the U.S./Mexico border won a 2015 Sydney Award.
Before joining The New Yorker, Stillman wrote about America’s wars overseas and the challenges facing soldiers at home for the Washington Post, The Nation, newrepublic.com, Slate, and TheAtlantic.com. She co-taught a seminar at Yale on the Iraq War, and also ran a creative-writing workshop for four years at the Cheshire Correctional Institution, a maximum-security men’s prison in Connecticut. Her work is included in “The Best American Magazine Writing 2012.”
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