Alissa J. Rubin, a reporter and the Paris Bureau Chief for The New York Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for her reporting on the life of women in Afghanistan, including pieces about female police officers and the mob killing of a woman accused of burning the Quran. Rubin won the International Reporting prize and was one of 20 Pulitzer winners across journalism and literature announced Monday afternoon. The winners each receive a $10,000 prize. Rubin’s piece on Afghan police women explored the clash between “Western ideals and Afghan realities” for the women who are hired for the police force in such a conservative culture — an effort that has, Rubin reported, “often backfired.”
The Pulitzer committee said that Rubin earned the award for her “thoroughly reported and movingly written accounts giving voice to Afghan women who were forced to endure unspeakable cruelties.”
Rubin was also awarded another prize on Monday by Atlantic Media in honor of the former editor of The Atlantic magazine, Michael Kelly, who was the first journalist killed covering the Iraq War. “Alissa Rubin’s work displays the same kind of persistence and passion for truth that marked Michael Kelly’s career,” a statement from the judges at Atlantic Media said. “In a year with an unusually large number of exceptional entries, her stories stood above the rest.”
Rubin has more than three decades of reporting experience, including extensive coverage of the Middle East, according to The Atlantic. Rubin will receive $25,000 for the Michael Kelly Award.