Expanding Our Journalism in Australia
Jamie Tarabay, a veteran journalist with experience across the Middle East and Asia in a variety of mediums, will join our Sydney bureau as a correspondent this fall as we continue to expand our coverage and audience-engagement initiative in Australia.
Credit: Vaughn Wallace
Jamie, now a senior producer for CNN International based in Hong Kong, has previously worked for The Associated Press, NPR, National Journal, Al Jazeera and Vocativ, a startup that mined the Deep Web for stories before they hit the mainstream. She grew up in Sydney, graduated from the University of Sydney, speaks Arabic and French, and covered both the Iraq war and the second Palestinian intifada.
“She went regularly into scarred neighborhoods of Baghdad to report on the impact of the war on civilians,” noted our own Ed Wong, who competed against Jamie in those days. “She brought with her a strong sense of compassion and commitment to the story, as well as a sense of humor that did wonders to relieve tensions. That intrepid spirit and wit will serve our readers well as she reports from her native Australia.”
Bret Stephens, who lived next door to Jamie in Manhattan a few years ago, called her “a cross between Julia Child and Lara Croft.”
“Jamie will make her friends the best beef Bourguignon they will ever have — in this lifetime or the next — while telling stories of life and work in Baghdad, Jerusalem and Beirut that are by turns hilarious, terrifying and moving,” Bret explained.
Jamie was covering Iraq for so long that the government granted her residency. She has interviewed Hugo Chávez, Fidel Castro, Yasir Arafat and Bashar al-Assad. She has always returned to Australia regularly and is eager to be heading home to help expand our coverage of issues like security, immigration and climate change that matter to Australians and the world.
Jamie said that she and her son, Jake — who is half-American and half-Australian but supports the New Zealand All Blacks in rugby — also “plan to take up surfing for real this time.”
Additional firepower for our Australia expansion is also on the way via our new residency program. The residency has the dual goals of adding ambitious and innovative projects to engage the Australian audience and giving New York Times journalists opportunities to stretch by trying something new.
- Rick Rojas, a multitalented Metro reporter with an eye for detail and character, lands in Sydney this week. He will be exploring the role of faith and values in Australia public life.
- Bari Weiss of Opinion will head over after Thanksgiving. She will be writing about Australia’s role in the world, politics and feminism, and also working on partnerships and events.
- Caitlin Roper, editor of NYT Magazine Labs, is aiming to start her residency in February. Her project involves a global component to the Kids section and comparison reporting on parenting and kids’ experience in the two countries.
- Nick Corasiniti, an intrepid reporter and delightful writer from Politics and Metro, will follow in the spring of 2019 with some targets in New Zealand. He has also volunteered to give the Australia team surfing lessons.
— Jodi Rudoren, Damien Cave, Michael Slackman and Carolyn Ryan