A few weeks after the start of the war in Ukraine, Jeffrey Gettleman arrives in Poland and gets to work on what he has done best throughout his career: focusing on the human toll. He took us into the homes and hearts of those who were suffering, but also showed how they showed courage and courage.
Jeffrey has written for The Times for nearly 20 years. From his early days based in Atlanta, to covering Iraq, New Jersey, East Africa and South Asia, Jeffrey has always combined his gift for storytelling with a deep empathy for those whose stories are told.
We are therefore delighted to announce that Jeffrey has taken on a wider role for our office, traveling the world as a global correspondent based in London.
His range and talents make him well suited for the role, and his postings in Poland and Ukraine have made him clearer than ever. Just consider the stories he has already produced, from the tale of two refugees and the heartbreaking play about a widow in Bucha to a very personal – and much-discussed – dispatch that attempted to reconcile the legacy of the Holocaust. with what is happening in the east. Europe today.
“We must not forget what happened, and for some of us, even distanced from the events of the past, we simply cannot,” Jeffrey wrote. “But today’s Ukraine and today’s Poland are not the Ukraine or Poland of the Holocaust. And this is perhaps one of the greatest lessons of this terrible war. Countries are living beings that grow and change. They are shaped by their past but not chained to it, just like us.
Jeffrey grew up in Evanston, Illinois, went to public schools and then to Cornell University, where he studied philosophy. He took a year off to backpack around the world, learning Swahili in East Africa.
After college, he did a master’s degree at Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship, then went into journalism. His first job was covering the police and courts at the St. Petersburg Times from a small office. From there: The Los Angeles Times, where he was thrown into the war in Afghanistan and was one of the first reporters to explore Osama bin Laden’s ancestral home in the mountains of Yemen.
In 2002, Jeffrey joined The New York Times as a correspondent in Atlanta and was sent to Iraq a few months later. Then, after a stint at the Metro Bureau, he became the East Africa Bureau Chief in Nairobi in 2006. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his work covering the conflicts in Somalia and Sudan, then, after a decade in East Africa, Jeffrey moved to New Delhi as South Asia Bureau Chief. He produced a steady stream of impactful articles throughout the first chaotic months of the pandemic in India, while building a strong team within the office.
Jeffrey is a great personality with a generous and adventurous spirit. Angela Duckworth, author of the best-selling book “Grit,” called him a “grit paragon,” and he’ll be the first to admit he took a few risks. He was kidnapped in Iraq; imprisoned in Ethiopia; and held at gunpoint in Congo, Somalia, Burundi, Kenya, South Sudan and Pakistan, to name a few.
Jeffrey has contributed to almost every section of The Times, including many travel articles, and he has also written a memoir, “Love, Africa”, which details many of his adventures and misadventures.
Jeffrey and his wife now live in London with their two sons.
Please congratulate him on his new role.
—Michael, Jim, Greg and Kim