Trudy Rubin

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Foreign Affairs Columnist
Philadelphia Inquirer

Trudy Rubin is the foreign affairs columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and a member of The Inquirer’s editorial board. Her column appears twice weekly in The Inquirer and runs regularly in many other newspapers around the United States. Rubin has special expertise on the Middle East, Russia, and South Asia and is a frequent guest on NPR and PBS news shows. She is the author of Willful Blindness: The Bush Administration and Iraq.

Before coming to The Inquirer in December 1983, she was Middle East correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor covering Israel and the Arab world, and lived in Jerusalem and Beirut. Earlier, she was a national correspondent for The Monitor, covering election campaigns and national political and social issues. Prior to that she was a staff writer on American politics for The Economist of London. During the Prague Spring of 1968, she worked in Prague as a radio correspondent. In 2001, she traveled to Brazil on an International Reporting Project Gatekeeper Editors trip. In 1993, Rubin was a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu. In 1990 she was invited as an exchange journalist to the Moscow News in Moscow. She spent 1975-76 as a fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University as a participant in the program for senior diplomats started by Henry Kissinger. In 1974-75, she was an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow in Cairo and Beirut.

She holds a B.A. from Smith College and an Msc. (Econ) from The London School of Economics.