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April 24, 2005
Dexter Filkins
New York Times, Baghdad Correspondent
Dexter Filkins BIO:
Appointed Baghdad correspondent for The New York Times in October 2003, after having served as Istanbul bureau chief.

· New York Times
· Began covering the conflict in Afghanistan for the Foreign Desk in October 2001.
· In 2002, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for his dispatches.
· He joined the Metro Desk in October 2000, where he covered the New York City mayor’s race and the Bronx.
· New Delhi bureau chief for The Los Angeles Times for three years, where he was responsible for coverage in seven countries, including India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
· General assignment reporter for The Los Angeles Times in Southern California.
· Reporter for The Miami Herald, covering local government and legal affairs. In 1992, he had a major role in the coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, for which The Herald was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service.

Master of philosophy degree in international relations from Oxford University and a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Florida, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

He received a George Polk Award for War Reporting In April 2005 for his “riveting first-hand account of an eight-day attack on Iraqi insurgents in Fallujah in November 2004. His courageous reports of the street-by-street fighting that killed six U.S. marines and wounded 30, conveyed the hellish intensity of urban warfare underway in Iraq.” He accompanied the U.S. Marines of Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion (8th Marines) during their attack on Fallujah in early to mid-November 2004.

Born in Cincinnati, OH. Grew up in Cape Canaveral, FL.

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Info: Dexter Filkins talks about his reporting in Iraq and U.S. military action there. He's been the Baghdad Correspondent for the New York Times since October 2003. Later this month, he’ll receive the George Polk Award for War Reporting for his first-hand account of an eight-day attack on Iraqi insurgents in Fallujah in November 2004.

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