Ilene Prusher is a writer, multimedia journalist and lecturer. She has worked in international journalism for two decades, having been based in Jerusalem, Istanbul, Tokyo and Kabul. In the fall of 2015 she joined the faculty of Florida Atlantic University as a journalism instructor, and was recently named a fellow in the College of Arts and Letters’ Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative. Her most recent works of journalism have appeared in The New York Times’ Book Review, TIME and Haaretz.
Ilene’s debut novel, Baghdad Fixer, was published to critical acclaim in November 2012 by Halban Publishers in London, and in November 2014 by Trafalgar Square Publishing/IPG.
Before returning to the US, Ilene was most recently a Jerusalem-based feature writer for Haaretz and a regular contributor to TIME Magazine. She was also the host of TLV1 Radio’s “Weekend Edition,” a two-hour program which included the half-hour “Let’s Get Lit” author podcast she created. She also taught journalism courses for NYU-Tel Aviv and the IDC Herzliya, as well as creative nonfiction writing at David Yellin College.
Ilene was a staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor from 2000 to 2010, serving as the Boston-based newspaper’s bureau chief in Tokyo, Istanbul, and Jerusalem and covering the two major conflicts of the last decade: Iraq and Afghanistan.
After graduating from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1993, Ilene started her career as a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Later, she freelanced from the Middle East for Newsday, The New Republic, The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Observer (UK) and The Jerusalem Report. Her many book reviews and essays have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Haaretz, Moment and Tikkun.
As part of her coverage of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Israel/Palestine, Ilene has been interviewed on CNN, BBC, CCTV, MSNBC, C-SPAN and NPR. Her coverage of Al-Qaeda’s escape from the American military in Afghanistan was cited in the 9/11 anniversary issue of The New Yorker. Ilene was nominated by The Monitor for a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for an investigative story on international organ trafficking, and she was the recipient of a United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) award in 1998 for her coverage of post-war Somalia.
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ABOUT THE HOMEPAGE PHOTO: An Afghan grandmother and her granddaughter, made refugees by the war, returning to their home for the first time in several years. Original photo taken in the Shomali Valley, north of Kabul, Afghanistan in 2002, and featured on the front page of The Christian Science Monitor.