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David D. Kirkpatrick (born 1970) is a London-based international correspondent for The New York Times. From 2011 through 2015, he served as its Cairo bureau chief and a Middle East correspondent.[1][2]

David D. Kirkpatrick
Born1970 (age 48–49)
Buffalo, New York, US
Alma materPrinceton University

Early life and educationEdit

Kirkpatrick was born in 1970 in Buffalo, New York.[3] He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and American studies at Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude, and attended the graduate program in American studies at Yale University.[4]

Professional careerEdit

He started in the media group at The New York Times in June 2000. During the United States presidential election of 2004, he was assigned to invent a "conservative beat" for The New York Times,[5] with a special focus on religious conservatives. The assignment raised eyebrows among some on the right because of the newspaper's liberal reputation and editorials.[6]

In addition to the Washington, National, and Media desks of the Times, he has written for The New York Times Magazine[7] as well as New York magazine.[8] This included a series exposing plagiarism in non-fiction writing.[9]

On December 28, 2013, Kirkpatrick published a detailed account of the 2012 Benghazi attack titled "A Deadly Mix in Benghazi".[10] Based on extensive interviews with Libyan witnesses and American officials, the article concluded that the attack began as neither a spontaneous protest nor an Al Qaeda plot. It was a planned attack carried out by local Islamist militants, and it was inspired in part by an American-made online video ridiculing Islam.

Kirkpatrick was denied entry into Egypt on February 18, 2019, and sent back to London the following day after Egyptian authorities held him for hours at Cairo International Airport.[11]

Into the Hands of SoldiersEdit

Kirkpatrick's book, Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East, (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018,) narrates the author's notes on how and why the Arab Spring sparked, then failed, focusing on America's role in that failure and the subsequent military coup that put Sisi in power.[1] The Economist and the Financial Times both named it one of the best books published in 2018.


  1. ^ "David D. Kirkpatrick". muckrack. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  2. ^ "Recent and archived news articles by David D. Kirkpatrick of The New York Times". and David D. Kirkpatrick (February 9, 2011). "Wired and Shrewd, Young Egyptians Guide Revolt". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Ask a Reporter: David D. Kirkpatrick". The New York Times. 2002. Archived from the original on November 3, 2002.
  4. ^ "Ask a Reporter". The New York Times. October 30, 2013.
  5. ^ Kevin J. McMahon; David M. Rankin; Donald W. Beachler; John Kenneth White (September 1, 2009). Winning the White House, 2008. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 76–. ISBN 978-0-230-10042-8.
  6. ^ "The Conservative Beat: Is It Working?". The New York Times. March 12, 2006.
  7. ^ David D. Kirkpatrick (December 16, 2009). "The Conservative-Christian Big Thinker". The New York Times Magazine. and David D. Kirkpatrick (October 28, 2007). "The Evangelical Crackup". The New York Times Magazine.
  8. ^ David D. Kirkpatrick (October 4, 1999). "The Bell Tolls for the Big Board". New York. and David D. Kirkpatrick (July 19, 1999). "Barnes & Noble's Jekyll and Hyde". New York.
  9. ^ Bill Marsh (March 22, 2007). Plagiarism: Alchemy and Remedy in Higher Education. SUNY Press. pp. 19–. ISBN 978-0-7914-7038-1.
  10. ^ David D. Kirkpatrick (December 28, 2013). "A Deadly Mix in Benghazi". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Declan Walsh (February 19, 2019). "Egypt Turns Back Veteran New York Times Reporter". The New York Times.

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