Scott Johnson spent much of the last decade in the Middle East, covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and in Africa, reporting on politics and current affairs. He has been the chief of Newsweek’s Mexico, Baghdad, and Africa bureaus, as well as a special correspondent from Paris.
His acclaimed 2012 memoir "The Wolf and the Watchman" was Long Listed for the National Book Award and named a Washington Post Notable Book.
He has appeared in various American media, including on CNN and NPR, and his work has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Foreign Policy and Politico. He lives in California with his wife and son.
National Book Award Long List, September 2013
Washington Post Notable Book, 2013
Kirkus Reviews, Best Non-Fiction 2013
PEN USA Long List Finalist
Overseas Press Club, Honorable Mention for Best Reporting in any medium on Latin America - 2004
Co-Recipient, National Magazine Award Citation for Newsweek’s team coverage of Iraq - 2003
Society of Professional Journalists, Nor-Cal award: Best Writing - 2012
California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) awards: Best Feature, Best Writing - 2012
Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism award: Feature Storytelling - 2012
National Arts and Entertainment Journalism award: First Place for Feature writing - 2013 and 2014