Ben Taub
Ben Taub joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2017. He has written for the magazine about jihadism, crime, conflict, climate change, exploration, and human rights, on four continents and at sea. In 2020, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, for his work on the lasting effects, on former detainees and guards, of American abuses in Guantánamo Bay. He has also received a National Magazine Award, two consecutive George Polk Awards, a Livingston Award, a Robert F. Kennedy Award, an Overseas Press Club Award, and other honors.
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A Reporter at LargeSeptember 20, 2021 Issue
How a Syrian War Criminal and Double Agent Disappeared in Europe
In the bloody civil war, Khaled al-Halabi switched sides. But what country does he really serve?
By Ben TaubSeptember 13, 2021
News Desk
Omar Ameen’s Cell-Phone Records Reveal That He Was Framed
The special bureaucratic cruelty of Ameen’s case is that the U.S. government never charged him with a crime.
By Ben TaubJanuary 13, 2021
A Reporter at LargeDecember 21, 2020 Issue
Murder in Malta
After a journalist was assassinated, her sons found clues in her unfinished work that cracked the case and brought down the government.
By Ben TaubDecember 14, 2020
A Reporter at LargeMay 18, 2020 Issue
Thirty-six Thousand Feet Under the Sea
The explorers who set one of the last meaningful records on earth.
By Ben TaubMay 10, 2020
News Desk
The Evidence that Could Save Omar Ameen’s Life
For the past eight months, the government has failed to disclose crucial information in an Iraqi refugee’s extradition proceedings.
By Ben TaubJanuary 27, 2020
A Reporter at LargeJanuary 27, 2020 Issue
The Fight to Save an Innocent Refugee from Almost Certain Death
Omar Ameen came to the U.S. to escape the violence in Iraq. Now he’s accused of being a member of an isis hit squad.
By Ben TaubJanuary 20, 2020
A Reporter at LargeSeptember 23, 2019 Issue
Jonathan Ledgard Believes Imagination Could Save the World
His strategies for a more equitable, sustainable future range from practical and humanitarian to fanciful and abstract.
By Ben TaubSeptember 16, 2019
News Desk
An Absurd Case of Mistaken Identity Draws to a Close
For three years, the central question of Italy’s highest-profile migration case has been whether prosecutors had the right man in custody.
By Ben TaubJuly 13, 2019
News Desk
The Law That Makes It Easy to Go to War with Iran
The Authorization for Use of Military Force was passed, three days after 9/11, with near-total unanimity, and, since then, it has come to reflect the legislative branch’s abdication of its role in the separation of war powers.
By Ben TaubJune 27, 2019
News Desk
How the War on Terror Is Being Written
Efforts to shine light on government misconduct are not only a matter of moral reckoning; they are necessary to puncture conspiratorial narratives that circulate around the world.
By Ben TaubApril 20, 2019
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