2015. Rukmini Callimachi. Rukmini Callimachi is a foreign correspondent for The New York Times covering Islamic extremism, including Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, the winner of the Michael Kelly award, and the first journalist in the 75-year history of the Overseas Press Club to win both the Hal Boyle and the Bob Considine awards the same year.
She joined The Times in 2014. Her series of articles, “Underwriting Jihad,” showing how ransoms paid by European governments had become one of the main sources of financing for Al Qaeda, won the George Polk Award in International Reporting. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook. Before joining The Times, Ms. In 2013 on an assignment for The A.P. in northern Mali, locals led her to a complex of buildings which had served as the headquarters of Al Qaeda’s North African branch.