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Scott Johnson, articles, author, photographer, gorilla murder, newsweek, Iraq, wolf watchman, new York times, npr, Hollywood reporter, national geographic, kony, Qaeda, Midnight rider, bank robber, hero, bay area, foreign policy, insurgent, Mugabe, gorilla

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






Hunting for Kony, 2012 (with Trevor Snapp)

KRCW, 2013

Book Interviews: visit for a (relatively) complete list



University of Wisconsin, 2013

Salve Regina University, 2013

Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), San Fransisco, 2014

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