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Meet Jason Motlagh

Jason Motlagh is a roving freelance multimedia journalist. He has reported from over 30 countries throughout West Africa, the Mideast, Central and South Asia for leading US and international media outlets.

A series of recent multimedia projects undertaken with support from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting have explored conflicts within India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. His regional focus also includes ongoing coverage of the wars in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he spends much of his time.

Between assignments, Jason enjoys speaking to students on the challenges of newsgathering in a new media landscape. He is a 2004 graduate of the University of Virginia and worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska before entering journalism.

In the videos below, Jason answers questions about his reporting project.

Why did you decide to report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan?

What hurdles did you face in reporting on civilian casualties in Afghanistan?

How are the issues you reported on related to issues in the U.S.?

How has reporting on Afghanistan changed since you began reporting from there?

Why is curiosity important for students?

Why is curiosity important for journalists?