I’m a journalist and author based between New York City and Beirut, Lebanon. An alumna of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, I regularly report feature stories for publications including The Atlantic, VICE, Newsweek, New York magazine, Foreign Policy, and Vox . My goal is to write about people existing in extreme circumstances–instead of focusing exclusively on the politics of conflict, I try to convey how political strife affects the humans involved.
I’ve covered a wide range of topics including child suicide among Syrian refugees, the war against ISIS in Iraq and Hezbollah’s position in Lebanon. In Egypt and Turkey, I reported on anti-government protests. It’s important to me that my readers experience the ways in which regimes impact those they govern. I’m also fascinated with issues of gender and sexuality, and my interest has led me to examine LGBT rights in the Middle East and investigate the region’s sex trade.
My father is Terry Anderson, the Associated Press bureau chief kidnapped in Lebanon three months before I was born in 1985. I met him when he was released after almost seven years of captivity. My book The Hostage’s Daughter was published by Dey Street Books, a HarperCollins imprint, on October 4, 2016. It’s a reported investigation of my father’s captivity blended with my own memoir, in which I explore the very personal toll war has taken on my life.