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Ilene Prusher (born June 5, 1970) is an American journalist and novelist.

Ilene Prusher
Born (1970-06-05) June 5, 1970 (age 49)
Alma materColumbia University Graduate School of Journalism
OccupationJournalist, novelist


Personal lifeEdit

Raised in New York, Prusher graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1993. She now resides in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she lectures on journalism for Florida Atlantic University's School of Communication & Multimedia Studies.[citation needed]

Media careerEdit

Prusher 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). Her book reviews and essays were published in The Washington Post,[1] Haaretz Books, Moment,[2] Habitus, Zeek and Tikkun.

Prusher 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 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2011-12 she was the deputy editor of the Jerusalem Report. She is now on the editorial staff of Haaretz, where she writes a blog called Jerusalem Vivendi. She also teaches Reporting Conflict for NYU-Tel Aviv, runs creative writing workshops, and writes Primigravida, a blog about motherhood.

As part of her coverage of the major stories of the past decade in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Israel/Palestine, Prusher has been interviewed on CNN, 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.[3] An excerpt of her novel was read on the BBC's World Service “Weekend” Program in November 2012, and she was featured on the “Woman's Hour” program of BBC Radio 4.[4]

She now hosts a weekly radio show on TLV1 Radio, Weekend Edition.[5]

Literary WorkEdit

Her first novel, Baghdad Fixer, was published in November 2012 by Halban Publishers in London, which The Guardian called “a gripping debut thriller.”[6] The story follows Nabil al-Amari, an English teacher living in Baghdad in Saddam’s Iraq, when a chance encounter with Samara Katchens, an American journalist covering the war, changes his life forever. It is April 2003 and American and British forces have recently invaded Iraq.

Bagdhad Fixer is set to be published in the United States on 12 November 2014.[citation needed]

Other WorksEdit


Works of short fiction published in Zeek (2009),[7] and Mima'amakim (2010).


Short collection of haikus published in an anthology entitled Multi Culti Mixterations: Playful and Profound Interpretations of Culture Through Haiku (2010).[8]

Awards and HonoursEdit

In 2005, Prusher was nominated by Christian Science Monitor for a Pulitzer Prize for "What's a Kidney Worth," an investigative story on organ trafficking.[9]

In December 2005, she won the Christian Science Monitor Award of Excellence for coverage of the Israeli disengagement from Gaza.[10]

In 1998 she won the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) Award for reporting on a U.N. Agency; magazine stories on post-war Somalia.[citation needed]

In 1992-93 she won the Joseph Levy Scholarship for Middle East reporting at Columbia University.[citation needed]

Media Appearances and CitationsEdit

Prusher was a guest on CNN's "Foreign Correspondents with Christiane Amanpour",[11] news programs on MSNBC, Fox News, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and C-SPAN's Washington Journal.[12]

Prusher’s in-depth coverage of the Al-Qaeda leadership's escape from Afghanistan was cited in The New Yorker.[13]

Prusher has frequently been interviewed on Middle East issues on NPR and NPR-affiliate stations.[citation needed]

Prusher was also featured in an International Women's Media Foundation study: "Women Who Cover War."[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Baghdad Dispatches" Retrieved 2015-01-05
  2. ^ "Amidst Crisis, Parents Try To Do What’s Best" Retrieved 2015-01-05
  3. ^ "The Man Behind Bin Laden" Retrieved 2015-01-05.
  4. ^ Starkey,K., Garvey, J., Woman’s Hour BBC Radio 4, 2012-11-19.
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  6. ^ Harding, Luke (2012-11-16) . “Baghdad Fixer by Ilene Prusher – review |Books|”. London: Guardian. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
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  9. ^ Retrieved 2013-07-08.
  10. ^ Retrieved 2013-07-08.
  11. ^ Amanpour, C. International Correspondents CNN, 2003-03-07; Scully, S. Middle East Situation C-SPAN, 1997-08-03.
  12. ^ Scully, S. Middle East Situation C-SPAN, 1997-08-03.
  13. ^ "The Man Behind Bin Laden" Retrieved 2015-01-05.

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