Kim Barker was the South Asia bureau chief for The Chicago Tribune from 2004 to 2009, based in New Delhi and Islamabad. Her book about those years, “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” a dark comedic take on her time in South Asia, was published by Doubleday. The movie version, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot," will be released in March 2016, starring Tina Fey, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, Margot Robbie and Billy Bob Thornton.
Barker is now a metro reporter at The New York Times, specializing in investigative reporting and narrative writing. Before joining The Times in mid-2014, Ms. Barker was an investigative reporter at ProPublica, writing mainly about campaign finance and the fallout from the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
Awards + honors
Kim has received awards and honors from the following groups, some shared with colleagues:
- Front Page Award for Journalist of the Year, Newswomen's Club of NY 2015
- First place, Investigative Reporters and Editors, 2013
- First place, Online News Association, 2013
- Sigma Delta Chi award, Society of Professional Journalists, 2013
- Finalist nomination, Deadline Club, 2013
- Edward R. Murrow press fellowship, the Council on Foreign Relations, 2009-2010
- Templeton Religion Story of the Year, Religion Newswriters Association, 2005
- First place, Regional Society of Professional Journalists, 2001
- First place, National Clarion Award, 2001
- Third place, National Headliner Awards, 2000
- Second place, C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards, 2000
- Lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations