May 28, 2024

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How I Did It: Anand Gopal

Left to right: Anand Gopal, Chris Cox and Mary Rajkumar.

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Anand Gopal is a writer for The New Yorker magazine, a member of the OPC since 2016, and a four-time winner of the OPC’s Ed Cunningham Award for best magazine-style, long-form feature writing. Two of the four winning stories were published in The New Yorker (“The Other Afghan Women” and “Syria’s Last Bastion of Freedom”), one in The Atlantic (“The Hell After ISIS”), and one (“The Uncounted”) in The New York Times Magazine with Azmat Khan.

But Harper’s was the first prominent magazine to publish Anand’s work. He wrote two pieces for his former editor at Harper’s, Chris Cox, that were published in 2012-2014, one about Syria and the other about Afghanistan.

Join the OPC on Feb. 15 to hear Anand and Chris discuss how Anand crafted a successful pitch and captured the attention of a top editor; how they worked together to create compelling narratives; and other tips for freelance journalists.

Registrants will receive a link to join via Zoom about an hour before the program on Feb. 15.

Chris is now an editor at New York magazine, after stints at Harper’s, GQ, and The New York Times Magazine. He has worked on stories that won the Pulitzer Prize, multiple National Magazine Awards, and edited a story that won the OPC’s Ed Cunningham Award in 2014: Rowan Jacobsen’s “The Homeless Herd.”

Anand is the author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes.

The moderator is Mary Rajkumar, a governor of the OPC and the international investigations editor for The Associated Press. She led the team that won the 2016 Pulitzer Gold Medal for the “Seafood from Slaves” investigation, which ended up freeing some 2,000 people from forced labor. Rajkumar has also edited three Pulitzer finalist packages.

This program is part of the OPC’s “How I Did It Series,” which offers members the opportunity to interact with highly successful journalists.