Elizabeth Becker, an award-winning author and journalist, has covered national and international affairs as a Washington correspondent at The New York Times, the Senior Foreign Editor at National Public Radio and a Washington Post correspondent. She began her career as a war reporter in Cambodia in 1972 and is an expert on the Khmer Rouge and modern Cambodia.
She was the 2008 Edelman fellow at Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government.
At The New York Times from 1995 to 2005, Ms. Becker covered the Pentagon, homeland security, international economics, and agriculture. Her farm coverage won five awards from the North American Agricultural Journalists Association. As the Times International Economics correspondent, she reported on trade and globalization from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States.
Prior to joining the Times, she was the Senior Foreign Editor at NPR where she directed all foreign coverage and expanded coverage in Asia and Africa. She received two DuPont-Columbia Awards as executive producer for reporting of South Africa’s first democratic elections and the Rwanda genocide.
Ms. Becker covered the war in Cambodia for The Washington Post and was one of only two journalists to visit Cambodia and interview Pol Pot while he was in power. She won an Overseas Press Club citation for that coverage in 1978. As a freelance journalist based in Paris (1986 to 1990), she covered the peace negotiations that culminated in the Paris Peace Accords of 1992.
Ms. Becker is the author of “WHEN THE WAR WAS OVER” (1986), a history of modern Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge for which she won a Robert F. Kennedy Book citation. The book was updated in 1998 and has been translated into French and Khmer. She is also the author of “AMERICA’S VIETNAM WAR” (1992), a narrative history for young adults.
Her essays and opinion pieces appear frequently in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, and she has contributed to Asian, European and American magazines and journals. Additionally, she has lectured at numerous universities and colleges and was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.
She holds a degree in South Asian studies from the University of Washington and also studied at the Kendriya Hindi Sansthaan in Agra, India. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the boards of directors of Oxfam America and the Arthur Burns Foundation.