Lydia Polgreen is the Johannesburg bureau chief for the New York Times, covering southern Africa. From 2009 to 2011, she was a South Asia correspondent for The New York Times, based in New Delhi covering India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Maldives.
From 2005 to 2009, she was the West Africa correspondent for the Times, covering Africa’s deadliest and most complex conflicts, including those in Darfur, Chad and Central African Republic and the continuing chaos in Congo.
Her work in Africa has been recognized with numerous prizes. In 2007, she was awarded the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting for her coverage of the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan. In 2008, she won an Overseas Press Club award for her coverage of Africa, and she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2009, she won the Livingston Award for International Reporting for “The Spoils,” a series on resource conflicts in Africa.
After working at The Washington Monthly, The Times Union in Albany and The Orlando Sentinel in Florida, Lydia was hired as a reporter on the metropolitan staff of The New York Times in 2002.
Lydia was born in Washington and spent most of her childhood in Kenya and Ghana. She attended St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md., and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.