Recipient of the 2022 Arthur Ross Media Award
Yaroslav Trofimov is the chief foreign-affairs correspondent of The Wall Street Journal. A native of Ukraine, he joined the Journal in 1999 as Rome correspondent and has since covered major stories around the world, serving as Middle East and Africa correspondent, as roving Asia correspondent based in Singapore, as Kabul bureau chief responsible for Afghanistan and Pakistan coverage, and as a columnist focused on the greater Middle East. He has spent most of 2022 in Ukraine, covering the Russian invasion. Mr. Trofimov played a key role in the Journal’s coverage of historic events, such as the 2003 invasion of Iraq and its aftermath, the campaign against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria a decade later, the global impact of a more assertive China, and the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in 2021. Mr. Trofimov was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his coverage of the Afghanistan crisis, won the Overseas Press Club citation for his analysis of the Covid pandemic’s impact on the world, shared in the OPC prize for his coverage of India, and was part of the Journal’s team that was a Pulitzer finalist for their coverage of Turkey. Mr. Trofimov is the author of two non-fiction books, “Faith at War” and “Siege of Mecca,” which has been published in several languages around the world and won the Washington Institute gold medal for the best book on the Middle East. He is also the author of an upcoming novel, to be published in 2024. He holds an MA from New York University and is currently based in Dubai.