Loren Jenkins
Born(1938-10-26)October 26, 1938
Spouse(s)Nancy Harmon (1964-1985),
Laura Throne (1986)

Loren Jenkins is a war correspondent for the Washington Post who won a 1983 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting "for reporting of the Israeli invasion of Beirut and its tragic aftermath".[1][2]


Loren Jenkins was born in New Orleans into a family of American Foreign Service employees. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder at the end of the 1950s and then stinted with the Peace Corps in Puerto Rico and Sierra Leone. Jenkins returned to Aspen in 1964, where he worked as a ski instructor. He later continued his studies at Aspen University and did his graduate work at Columbia University in New York.[1][3][4]

Jenkins got his first position as a reporter in 1964 with the Daily Item. After leaving the newspaper in 1965, he worked for United Press International as an overseas correspondent in New York, London, Rome, and Madrid. In 1969–1979, Jenkins served in Newsweek to cover Black September, the Suez Crisis, and the Vietnam war. Correspondent's articles for Newsweek was honored with the Overseas Press Club Award in 1976.[1][3]

In 1980, Jenkins joined the Washington Post staff. During his tenure with the newspaper, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1983 for his coverage of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. At that time, the Washington Post was criticized for bias in covering the Israel–United States conflict. For example, Marty Peretz described Jenkins as «anti-Israel» and inane declared that the journalist won a Pulitzer Prize because most of the judges subscribed to the Washington Post–Los Angeles Times news service.[5][6]

In 1990, Jenkins returned to Colorado, where he got the editor position at the Aspen Times. In 1995, he was named an editor of the international desk at National Public Radio, where he worked for the next fifteen years. Under Jenkins's leadership, correspondents of the radio station covered the wars in Kosovo, Chechnya, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In 2005 the international desk at NPR was awarded the George Peabody Award. In November 2011, Loren Jenkins retired but continued to write as a freelancer.[7][1]


  1. ^ a b c d Brennan 1999, p. 592.
  2. ^ "Thomas L. Friedman and Loren Jenkins of The New York Times and The Washington Post, (respectively)". The Pulitzer Prizes. 2020. Retrieved 2020-10-21.
  3. ^ a b Fischer H. D. 2020.
  4. ^ J. C. Pickrell, S. Benner, J. Cowen (October 11, 2014). "Sojourner Salutes". SagaCity Media. Retrieved 2020-10-21.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Friedman 1987, pp. 169–179.
  6. ^ Friedman 1987.
  7. ^ J. Urquhart (October 14, 2011). "Jenkins steps down at NPR". The Aspen Times. Retrieved 2020-10-21.