Yaroslav Trofimov

Yaroslav Trofimov
BornKiev 22, Ukrainian SSR
OccupationWriter, journalist, columnist
GenreLiterary nonfiction

Yaroslav Trofimov is a Ukrainian-born[1] Italian author and journalist who serves as chief foreign-affairs correspondent at The Wall Street Journal. Previously he wrote a weekly column on the Greater Middle East, Middle East Crossroads,[2] in The Wall Street Journal. He has been a foreign correspondent for the publication since 1999, covering the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Prior to 2015 he was The Wall Street Journal's bureau chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan.


He was a finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting [3] for his work on Afghanistan, won the Overseas Press Club award for foreign reporting on India,[4] won the SAJA Daniel Pearl award for the outstanding story on South Asia in 2007 and shared the SAJA award for coverage of the Mumbai bombing in 2008,[5] among other honors. In 2021 he was awarded the Overseas Press Club Flora Lewis award citation for best commentary on international news.[6]


  • Faith at War: A Journey on the Frontlines of Islam, from Baghdad to Timbuktu (Henry Holt, New York, 2005; ISBN 978-0-312-42511-1). A travelogue through the post-2001 Muslim world, "Faith at War" has been long-listed for the Lettre Ulysses Award for literary journalism in 2006.[7]
  • The Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam's Holiest Shrine and the Birth of Al Qaeda (Doubleday, New York, 2007; ISBN 978-0-385-51925-0). A "gripping" historical account of the Grand Mosque Seizure in Mecca in 1979 by the precursors of Al Qaeda. The book was a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers award[8] and won the Gold Medal of the Washington Institute Book Prize, a literary award established to highlight nonfiction books about the Middle East.[9]


  1. ^ "Yaroslav Trofimov's evacuation from Kabul in WSJ".
  2. ^ "Yaroslav Trofimov in WSJ".
  3. ^ "Pulitzer Winners 2022".
  4. ^ "OPC Winners – 2007".
  5. ^ "SAJA Awards – 2008 and -9 sections". Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  6. ^ "OPC Winners – 2021".
  7. ^ "Longlist – Authors 2006".
  8. ^ "Barnes and Noble Discover Awards".
  9. ^ "Washington Institute for Near East Policy Book Prize". Retrieved 17 September 2015.


  • The New York Times review of Faith at War: [1]
  • The Washington Post review of Faith at War:[2]
  • Publishers Weekly review of Siege of Mecca:[3]
  • Jerusalem Post review of Siege of Mecca:[4][permanent dead link]

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