How I Did It — Behind The Reporting of 'The Civilian Casualty Files'

Hosted by the Simon and June Li Center for Global Journalism at Columbia University and the Overseas Press Club of America

The Li Center, in collaboration with the Overseas Press Club of America, goes behind the scenes of "The Civilian Casualty Files" in a conversation with 2022 International Reporting named contributor Azmat Khan, the lead reporter, and Luke Mitchell, her New York Times Magazine editor.

Based on thousands of pages of previously unreported Pentagon reports and five years of painstaking reporting from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, Khan’s stories painted a damning portrait of American warfare. The reporting exposed the systemic intelligence failings that resulted in countless civilian casualties from U.S.-led airstrikes. And it described the web of impunity that provided cover to those responsible. The series won numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, a National Magazine Award, an Overseas Press Club Award, and a Polk Award.

This talk is part of an OPC series, called, ‘How I Did It,’ which convenes freelance journalists and their editors or producers to break down a major feat of reporting. It will be moderated by OPC Governor and Pulitzer Prize Board member Ginger Thompson, who is the chief of correspondents at ProPublica and the winner of multiple journalism awards for her reporting from Latin America and from the U.S.-Mexico border.

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The free panel will be held from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT on September 13 at the Columbia Journalism School. As a hybrid event, attendees must register to attend on the event page. Those attending virtually will receive a link to join the Zoom call about an hour before the program on Sept. 13.

In-person attendees must meet the University requirement of full vaccination status in order to attend. Vaccination cards may be checked upon entry to all venues. Masks are strongly recommended but not mandatory. By RSVPing, attendees attest that they meet the University's vaccination requirement for event attendance and that they will be prepared to provide proof before entering.