I’m a journalist and author based between Beirut, Lebanon and New York City. I received a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2011, after which I began reporting feature stories and producing multimedia for outlets including The Atlantic, NBC News, The Nation, Newsweek, Esquire, New York, Harpers, Foreign Policy, Village Voice, VICE and Vox.com. 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 the war against ISIS in Iraq, child suicide among Syrian refugees 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 HarperCollins 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. The Hostage’s Daughter won a Nonfiction Book Award, two International Book Awards and has been optioned for film.