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Nicholas Schmidle, a Cronkite New America fellow, is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His account of the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound, "Getting Bin Laden," was a National Magazine Award finalist. He is also the author of To Live or to Perish Forever: Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, T: Travel, Slate, The New Republic, among others. Previously, he was previously a Bernard L. Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation, as well a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and the International Reporting Project.
From 2006 until 2008, Nicholas lived and reported in Pakistan, backed by a writing fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs. He has also worked in Iran, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Central Asia, West Africa, Russia, and the Balkans. He once spoke decent Persian and Urdu. Nicholas received the Kurt Schork Award for his reporting in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is a graduate of James Madison University and American University, and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and son.