Andrea Elliott

Investigative Reporter

The New York Times

Andrea Elliott is an investigative reporter for The New York Times. Her 2013 series, “Invisible Child,” followed the life of an 11-year-old homeless girl in Brooklyn, winning the George Polk award, among other honors, and prompting city officials to remove more than 400 children from substandard shelters.

Before focusing on child poverty, Ms. Elliott reported extensively on the lives of Muslims in post-9/11 America. In 2007, she won the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for her series, “An Imam in America.” She also wrote about Muslims serving in the United States military, the radicalization of Somali immigrants in Minneapolis and the rise of the anti-shariah movement. 

Her cover stories for The New York Times Magazine include investigative profiles of a young jihadist from Alabama and a preacher trained at Yale, as well as a groundbreaking report on Moroccan suicide bombers that was a finalist for the 2008 National Magazine Award for Reporting.

Ms. Elliott’s work has been honored by the Overseas Press Club, the Scripps Howard awards, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists and the New York Press Club. Her writing has been featured in the collections “Best Newspaper Writing” and “Islam for Journalists: A Primer on Covering Muslim American Communities in America.”

Ms. Elliott came to The Times from the Miami Herald, where she was a metropolitan reporter. Raised in Washington, D.C. by a Chilean mother and an American father, she is a graduate of Occidental College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.