Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist, who has been covering conflict, humanitarian crises, and women’s issues around the Middle East and Africa on assignment for The New York Times and National Geographic for more than two decades. Since September 11, 2001, Addario has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Darfur, South Sudan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Syria, and ongoing war in Ukraine.
In 2015, American Photo Magazine named Lynsey as one of five most influential photographers of the past 25 years, saying she changed the way we saw the world's conflicts.
Addario is the recipient of numerous awards, including a MacArthur fellowship, two Pulitzer Prizes for overseas reporting (she was part of the New York Times team who won for the Ukraine War 2023, and the NYT team for Afghanistan Pakistan coverage in 2009) and a Pulitzer finalist for Breaking news Photography out of Ukraine 2023; she recently won a Polk award for her Ukraine coverage in 2022, an Overseas Press Club's Olivier Rebbot Award, and two Emmy nominations. She holds three Honorary Doctorate Degrees for her professional accomplishments from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bates College in Maine, and University of York in England.
In 2015, Addario wrote a New York Times bestselling memoir, "It's What I Do," which chronicles her personal and professional life as a photojournalist coming of age in the post-9/11 world. In 2018, she released her first solo collection of photography, “Of Love and War,” published by Penguin Press. Addario’s life will be the subject of a feature film being produced by Paramount, based on “It’s What I Do.”