Roger Cohen, an internationally acclaimed journalist and award-winning author, is the inaugural Indiana University Poynter Chair. He is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated columnist on international affairs and diplomacy for The New York Times and the International New York Times. Cohen joined The New York Times in 1990 after 10 years as a journalist for The Wall Street Journal and Reuters. He was a New York Times foreign correspondent for more than a decade before becoming acting foreign editor on Sept. 11, 2001, the day of the 9/11 attacks, and foreign editor six months later. He became an op-ed columnist in 2009. His work has taken him to many countries, including Bosnia, Iran, Israel and Afghanistan. His retrospective book about his Balkan experiences, “Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo,” won a citation for excellence from the Overseas Press Club. His most recent book is an acclaimed family memoir, "The Girl From Human Street: A Jewish Family Odyssey." The Poynter Center was established in the wake of the Watergate scandal through a gift from Hoosier native Nelson Poynter, who founded the St. Petersburg Times. Poynter wanted to leave a lasting legacy focused on the ethical responsibility of journalism and media to ensure the integrity and health of America’s public institutions.

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