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The State Of War Reporting In 2017: A Panel Discussion

May 22, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0


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Task & Purpose Presents:

The State Of War Reporting In 2017

A Panel Discussion


  • C.J. Chivers, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist
  • Anna Therese Day, Award-winning independent reporter
  • Anand Gopal, Award-winning author, journalist, and political violence scholar

Moderated By:

Adam Weinstein, Task & Purpose senior editor and Navy veteran

Join us for a discussion on how war reporting has evolved — from the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to today’s conflicts in Syria, Southwest Asia, and beyond.

6:30 – 7:30 Cocktail Hour

7:30 – 8:30 Panel Discussion

Pulitzer World Room, Columbia University

About The Panelists:

C.J. Chivers is a long-form writer and investigative reporter who works for The New York Times Magazine and the Investigations Desk. His Pulitzer Prize-winning cover story for the Magazine in 2016 led to the release from an Illinois prison of an Afghan war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Chivers was a Marine Corps infantry veteran of the Persian Gulf war, and he also had peacekeeping duties during the Los Angeles riots in 1992 before transitioning to journalism in 1994. He joined The Times in 1999, and worked in the New York City police bureau through the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. He then became a foreign correspondent focusing on conflict, human rights and the arms trade on assignments in Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Palestinian territories, Chechnya, Libya, Syria and elsewhere.

Chivers is also the author of “The Gun,” a history of automatic weapons and the consequences of their mass distribution, seen through the development of the AK-47, published by Simon & Schuster in 2010. He was also recognized with a National Magazine Award in 2007 for his deeply reported reconstruction of the Beslan school massacre in Russia.

Anna Therese Day is an award-winning independent reporter and social media researcher. On the ground in the Middle East and beyond, her coverage focuses on American foreign policy, women’s issues, and youth organizing. Day is a founding board member of The Frontline Freelance Register, the only representative body for freelance conflict journalists organized by freelance conflict journalists. Day is also a board member of the ACOS Alliance on freelance journalism safety. Day was recently recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of their 30 Under 30 in the Media Category for 2017. She is a 2016 Truman National Security Fellow, 2013 Fulbright Fellow, a 2012 United Nations Press Fellow, and was named one of the Top 10 journalists of the year by the Shorty Awards for Social Media in 2013 and 2014. Day is a regular contributor to The New York Times Women in the World.

Anand Gopal is a fellow at The Nation Institute, a journalist covering the Middle East, and a scholar studying political violence. His reporting on Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan has appeared in the Atlantic, Harper’s, and elsewhere. He is the author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes, which won the Ridenhour Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Helen Bernstein Award. He has won the George Polk Award and an Overseas Press Club Award for his reporting from Iraq. He received his PhD from Columbia University, where he studied network analysis, and is a professor at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University.

Adam Weinstein is a senior editor for Task & Purpose. A veteran of the Navy and Navy Reserve, he worked previously at the Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, and Gawker. As Fusion’s senior investigative editor, he helmed the outlet’s 2016 collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on its Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers investigation. In 2008 and 2009, he worked as a senior public affairs specialist for Multinational Corps-Iraq in Baghdad. Adam also founded and edited Gawker’s “Fortress America” national security blog. His recent writing has also appeared in Esquire and GQ. He was a Marine Corps Gridley Thesis fellow at Florida State University and is also a alumnus of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Task & Purpose launched in 2014 to provide authentic and unfiltered perspectives on military and veterans issues in the post-9/11 era. National security touches on just about every aspect of American society, but too often, those who are most responsible for that security get stereotyped, ignored, or misrepresented by the media. Our digital publication gives a voice to the service members, veterans, and military families who know better than anyone else the impact the Global War on Terror has made on our country. We fulfill our mission through unapologetic investigative reporting, story-telling, and analysis of cultural issues and current affairs.
Task & Purpose’s team of veterans, military family members, and journalists who have covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can tell the stories of the military and veterans communities — not just because we’re paying attention, but because our personal and professional experiences with conflict compel us.


May 22, 2017
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Task & Purpose


Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
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