IMG_4280Sarah A. Topol is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. Her work has also been published in the Atlantic, Businessweek, EsquireForeign Policy, Fortune, GQ, Harper’s, MatterNewsweek, the New Republic, New York Magazine, Outside, PlayboyPopular Science, PoliticoSlate, and Travel + Leisure, among others.  

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 2013. Her story about a Siberian town besieged by bears is anthologized in Out There: The Wildest Stories Ever Featured in Outside Magazine. Her story for the New York Times Magazine 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 has been a Nation Institute Investigative Fund grantee, an International Women’s Media Foundation fellow, as well as Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee. 

Since moving to Cairo in 2008, Sarah has reported from Egypt, Libya, Turkey, Jordan, Pakistan, Niger, Nigeria, Morocco, Western Sahara, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Poland, Russia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. She has appeared on BBC, CNN and NPR. She is currently based in Istanbul. 


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