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Kim Barker

The New York Times Investigative Reporter and Author


Kim Barker is a reporter on the Metro desk at The New York Times who specializes in investigative reporting and narrative writing. Before joining The Times in mid-2014, Barker was an investigative reporter at ProPublica, writing mainly about campaign finance and the fallout from the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

In late 2009 and early 2010, Barker was the Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where she focused on Pakistan and Afghanistan and United States policy. She was the South Asia bureau chief for The Chicago Tribune from 2004 to 2009 and was based in New Delhi and Islamabad. Her book about those years, "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan", a dark comedic take on her time in South Asia, was published in March 2011. The book was later adapted into the film "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" and released in 2016.

Before joining The Tribune in 2001, Barker worked for The Seattle Times, The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash., and The Times in northwest Indiana. She has won investigative-reporting awards from organizations such as Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, and Best of the West with work appearing in Foreign Affairs, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post and The Atlantic.