Robin B. Wright (born August 27, 1948)[1] is an American foreign affairs analyst, journalist and author, who is noted for her extensive foreign tours, having reported from countries all around the world.

A graduate of the University of Michigan and a daughter of L. Hart Wright, a University of Michigan law professor,[2] she lives in Washington, D.C. [3]


Wright has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents for The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Sunday Times of London, Foreign Affairs, CBS News, The Christian Science Monitor and many others. Her foreign tours include the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and as a roving foreign correspondent in Latin America and Asia. She most recently covered U.S. foreign policy for The Washington Post.[3]

Wright has also been a fellow at Yale, Duke, Stanford, Dartmouth, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Smithsonian's Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Southern California.[4]

Awards and honors

The American Academy of Diplomacy selected Wright as the journalist of the year for her "distinguished reporting and analysis of international affairs" in 2004.[5] She was also awarded the U.N. Correspondents Association Gold Medal for analysis and coverage of international affairs, and the National Press Club award for diplomatic reporting.[6] She received the National Magazine Award for her reportage from Iran in The New Yorker[4] and the Overseas Press Club Award for "best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative" for coverage of African wars. She is the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant. She was awarded an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 1975 to research projects of interest and she wrote about the dismantling of Portugal's African empire.[7]

On May 2, 2015, she was awarded an Honorary Degree as Doctor of Humane Letters from her alma mater, the University of Michigan.



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