Sarah Stillman


Sarah Stillman is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a visiting scholar at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Her recent work on a range of issues — from America’s conflicts overseas, to the “war on drugs” closer to home — has received the National Magazine Award, the Michael Kelly Award for the “fearless pursuit and expression of truth,” the Overseas Press Club’s Joe & Laurie Dine Award for International Human Rights Reporting, and the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism. “Taken,” her New Yorker exposé on police abuses of civil asset forfeiture laws, prompted legislative action around the country, as did “The Throwaways,” her investigation into the high-risk, sometimes-lethal use of young people as confidential informants; the latter received a George Polk Award. Reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan, Stillman uncovered widespread labor abuses, sexual assault, and human trafficking of foreign workers on U.S. military bases in both war zones, also spurring Congressional reforms. She has written on topics ranging from Mexico’s drug cartels to Bangladesh’s garment factory workers, the politics of polio in HIV/AIDS in the Deep South. She is currently covering criminal justice, immigration issues, and more.