IMG_4280Sarah A. Topol is a writer-at-large for the New York Times Magazine

Her story about the Rohingya genocide won the 2020 National Magazine Award for feature writing. 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. Her trip to meet the Bedouin tribesmen who kidnap foreign tourists in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula for The Atlantic is featured in Best American Travel Writing. Her story about a Siberian town besieged by bears is anthologized in Out There: The Wildest Stories Ever Featured in Outside Magazine.

Her work has also been published in the Atlantic, Businessweek, EsquireForeign Policy, Fortune, GQ, Harper’s, MatterNewsweek, the New Republic, New York Magazine, OutsidePopular Science, PoliticoSlate, and Travel + Leisure, among others.  She has been a Nation Institute Investigative Fund grantee, an International Women’s Media Foundation fellow, as well as Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee. She has appeared on BBC, CNN and NPR.

For a decade, Sarah has reported from more than three dozen countries in the Middle East, former Soviet Union, Asia and Africa. She speaks Russian fluently. Sarah moved to Cairo in 2008, and then to Istanbul in 2013. She recently returned to the US. 


Links to selected work:

The Disappeared: In a China increasingly hostile to its Uighur minority, her parents tried for years to live as model citizens. Then one day they stopped answering her messages. (New York Times Magazine)

The Teacher and the Genocide: He dreamed of educating the children in his village. But soon he learned that it was dangerous for the Rohingya to dream. (New York Times Magazine)

The View from Moscow: How the slights of the post-Cold War Era — and a power vacuum left by America — propelled Russia’s resurgence as a global power. (New York Times Magazine)

The Life and Death of Denis Voronenkov: After a former Russian parliamentarian was murdered on the streets of Kiev, Ukrainian officials were quick to blame the Kremlin. The truth was more complicated (New York Times Magazine)

Follow her on twitter: @satopol