Azmat Khan (2017) is an award-winning investigative journalist and a Future of War Fellow at New America. At the Carey Institute, she intends to write several chapters of a definitive investigation into America’s counterterrorism detention past and present, drawing from unprecedented ground reporting, exclusive interviews, exhaustive data collection and powerful narrative storytelling.
Khan’s reporting for the PBS series FRONTLINE, Al Jazeera America, and BuzzFeed’s Investigative Unit has been honored with the Deadline Club Award for Independent Digital Reporting; the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting on South Asia; a Livingston Award finalist in International Reporting; an Emmy nomination in New Approaches to Documentary Film and other honors. Her most recent investigation, “Ghost Schools,” shattered years of U.S. claims about its education efforts in Afghanistan and resulted in impact from Washington to Kabul. After publication, Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania wrote USAID officials to say he was “particularly disturbed” by the findings, and asked the agency for detailed monitoring and evaluation plans. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction cited the report in its semiannual report to Congress. And in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani appointed a nine-member commission to investigate corruption in the Ministry of Education. Khan is represented by the Ross Yoon Literary Agency.