Vanessa M. Gezari

Vanessa M. Gezari has reported from four continents, nine countries, and many corners of the United States. Gezari’s work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, SlateThe New RepublicMother Jones, and Columbia Journalism Review. She has trained Afghan journalists with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and mentored reporters and editors at Pajhwok Afghan News, Afghanistan’s largest independent news agency. Her 2013 book, The Tender Soldier: A True Story of War and Sacrifice, is a narrative account of an ambitious, troubled Army program that sends civilian social scientists into combat with soldiers to help them understand local culture, and of one idealistic group of Americans who risked everything to try to change the course of the war in Afghanistan.