Nicholas Schmidle is a staff writer with The New Yorker. His first article for the magazine, “Getting bin Laden,” was a National Magazine Award finalist. He has also reported about a Russian arms trafficker, for which he was named a 2013 Livingston Award finalist, and post-traumatic stress, for which he was named a 2014 Livingston Award finalist. He has written about war crimes in Kosovo, an Italian antiquarian book forger, and a twisted murder in Chicago, among other things. Previously, he contributed to the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Slate, and many other publications.
In early 2006, Nicholas moved to Pakistan, backed by a writing fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs. He lived and reported in Pakistan for two years, before being deported from Pakistan in January 2008. He received the 2008 Kurt Schork Award for freelance journalism, based on his work in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has also worked in Iran, China, Bangladesh, Central Asia, West Africa, Russia and the Balkans. He once spoke decent Persian and Urdu. He is a graduate of James Madison University and American University. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two sons.