Barbara Crossette

Carnegie Council Trustee

Barbara Crossette


Barbara Crossette was a journalist at The New York Times from 1973 to 2001, the last seven years as chief of its UN bureau. Previously she had been a correspondent in Southeast Asia, based in Bangkok; in South Asia, based in New Delhi.

In 1991, Crossette won the George Polk Award for foreign reporting for her coverage of the assassination of the former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. In 2008 she received a Fulbright Award for contributions to international understanding and in 2010, the Shorenstein Prize, awarded by media centers at Harvard and Stanford, for writings on Asia that enhanced understanding of the region in the West. She is the author of India Facing the 21st Century (1993); So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas (1995); and The Great Hill Stations of Asia (1998). She has been a member of the adjunct faculty of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, was a Fulbright teaching fellow at Punjab University in Chandigarh, India; the 1994 Ferris visiting professor on politics and the press at Princeton University, and a Knight International press fellow in Brazil 2004–2005.

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