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Rukmini Maria Callimachi (born 25 June 1973)[1] is an award-winning Romanian-American journalist who currently works for The New York Times.

Rukmini Callimachi
Rukmini Maria Callimachi

(1973-06-25) 25 June 1973 (age 46)
Bucharest, Romania
Alma materDartmouth College
University of Oxford
AwardsAurora Prize, Sidney Hillman Foundation Award, Peabody


Gyantse Fortress in Tibet, where Callimachi traveled for the RGS.

Callimachi left Romania during the communist regime with her mother and grandmother, for Switzerland and then the United States. In the U.S., she attended The Oak Grove School and The Thacher School in Ojai, California. She graduated from Dartmouth College and from Exeter College of the University of Oxford, with a masters in linguistics.[2] In 2000, she co-led the Royal Geographical Society's expedition to Tibet.[3]


Deux Mamelles from afar, with African Renaissance Monument on left, Les Mamelles Lighthouse on right, in Senegal, where Callimachi has reported

After publishing some poetry, Callimachi became a freelancer in New Delhi, India, including for Time magazine.[4][5][6] In 2003, she joined the Associated Press in Portland, Oregon. After a year in New Orleans documenting the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in 2006 she began reporting out of Dakar, Senegal, as a West African correspondent for The AP. There she focused on investigating the exploitation of children in West and Central Africa, for which she was named a Pulitzer Finalist in International Reporting in 2009. [7] Callimachi later became more well known for her work in uncovering truths about extremism, and was again named Pulitzer Finalist in 2014 for "her discovery and fearless exploration of internal documents that shattered myths and deepened understanding of the global terrorist network of al-Qaida."[8]

In 2014, Callimachi was hired by The New York Times.[9] Her reporting continues to focus on Islamic extremism,[10], which has helped the Times earn a Pulitzer Finalist accolade in 2016 as part of a group entry. [11] Callimachi's work in investigative journalism became further recognised in 2016, as she won the inaugural International Center for Journalists' Integrity in Journalism Award, for her "exceptional contribution to exposing crimes against humanity".[12]

The serialized audio documentary Caliphate, first released in April 2018, follows Callimachi as she reports on the Islamic State.[13][14][15] The podcast won a Peabody Award in the radio/podcast category that year. [16] Her work on Caliphate also made her a Pulitzer Finalist again, "[f]or dissecting the power and persistence of the ISIS terror movement, through relentless on-the-ground and online reporting, and masterful use of podcast storytelling."[17]

Personal lifeEdit

She got her name "Rukmini" through her family's closeness to the Indian theosophist Rukmini Devi Arundale, founder of Kalakshetra Foundation in Chennai, India.[3]





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  1. ^ Mihaiescu, Marlus. "Rukmini Callimachi - jurnalista americana de origine romana - nominalizata la premiile Pulitzer". Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  2. ^ Reid, Stuart (July–August 2015). "The Beat of Terror". Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Rukmini Callimachi-Rukmini Arundale". Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  4. ^ Callimachi, Ruckmini. "Oxford Poetry Vol X No 3: Rus et Urbs (Summer 1999)". webpage. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Index of Authors". webpage. Black Warrior Review. Archived from the original on 17 June 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  6. ^ Chotnier, Isaac. "The ISIS Correspondent". Slate. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  7. ^ Pascariu, Roxana. "Rukmini Callimachi: Pulitzer Finalist 2009". The Romanian Office. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  8. ^ "The 2014 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in International Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  9. ^ Calderone, Michael (27 February 2014). "AP's Rukmini Callimachi Joins The New York Times". Huffington Post. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  10. ^ Rukmini CallimachiVerified account. "Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi)". Twitter. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  11. ^ "The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in International Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  12. ^ "The New York Times' Rukmini Callimachi to Receive the ICFJ Integrity in Journalism Award in Partnership with the Aurora Prize". ICFJ. 23 April 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  13. ^ Nicholas Quah (20 April 2018). "Why the New York Times Is Making a Podcast About ISIS". Retrieved 4 May 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  14. ^ Lisa Ryan (26 April 2018). "The New York Times' Rukmini Callimachi on How She Gets Close to ISIS". The Cut. Retrieved 4 May 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  15. ^ Meg Dalton and Pete Vernon (3 May 2018). "Podcast: Rukmini Callimachi on covering ISIS". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  16. ^ ""Caliphate" Wins 2018 Peabody Award". The New York Times Company. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  17. ^ "The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in International Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  18. ^ "Peabody names News & Radio/Podcast Winners". 23 April 2019. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Aurora Prize: The New York Times reporter receives Integrity in Journalism Award". 24 April 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  20. ^ "Finalist: Rukmini Maria Callimachi". Archived from the original on 20 April 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2009.
  21. ^ "Rukmini Callimachi". Archived from the original on 2 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  22. ^ "AP reporter Callimachi receives UGA's McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage - UGA Today". UGA Today. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  23. ^ "Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award". Ball State University. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  24. ^ "Pulitzer Prize Finalists 2009". Retrieved 30 August 2009.
  25. ^ "Sidney Hillman Foundation Awards —". 2 April 2007. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  26. ^ "Previous RNA Contest Winners". 4 February 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2009.

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