Donatella Lorch has been a reporter and correspondent for almost twenty years and has covered wars and conflicts in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe for The New York Times, NBC News and Newsweek. She has won awards for her reporting on Afghanistan, the Rwanda genocide, and her coverage of massive refugee migrations. Most recently, she was the director of the Knight International Press Fellowship, a program funded by the Knight Foundation which sends American reporters abroad to share the best practices of journalism. She began reporting in 1987 in Afghanistan. Hired by The New York Times, she based herself in Peshawar, Pakistan, took more than a dozen trips into Afghanistan, and was the first reporter and only woman journalist to be smuggled into Kabul to document the guerrilla underground. In the following years, she covered more than a dozen wars, including Operation Desert Storm (Iraq) and the fall of Kabul to the Afghan guerrillas in 1992. As East Africa Bureau Chief for The New York Times, she covered the civil war and famine in Somalia as well as the US and UN intervention. She traveled with the rebels in southern Sudan, reported on the reign of terror of the Lord’s Resistance Army in northern Uganda, and witnessed the massacres in the hills of Burundi. One of the few reporters to drive into Kigali a few days after the killings started, she spent the next year reporting from massacre sites, refugee camps and post-war Rwanda in an effort to document the unfolding of the genocide and efforts at rebuilding a country. After joining NBC News in 1996 as an on-air correspondent, Donatella followed the tracks of war criminals in Bosnia, the war in Kosovo and its refugees in Albania, and reported on the terrorist bombing of the US embassy in Kenya. As a correspondent for Newsweek, she reported on refugee resettlement issues for Sudan’s “Lost Boys” and the Somali Bantus. In 2002, she returned to Afghanistan, and again in 2003. She earned a BA in Chinese History from Barnard College in 1983 as well as an MA in Indic Studies and an MA in International Affairs, both from Columbia University.