Jason Motlagh is an award-winning writer, photographer and filmmaker. Formerly Time Magazine’s Kabul correspondent, he has reported from more than forty countries for leading U.S. and international media, including The Economist, Washington Post, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor and Frontline/WORLD. His images have been published in newspapers and magazines worldwide and have featured in major festivals, museum shows and global advocacy campaigns.
On the film front, Jason has produced news documentaries for Al Jazeera English, PBS NewsHour, RT and Foreign Exchange, on topics ranging from labor abuse in the Thai seafood industry to tribal militias in Afghanistan. A seasoned “backpack” videographer, he also shoots, edits and produces features for a host of online and broadcast outlets that have garnered profiles by The New York Times' Lens blog and the KobreGuide to the Web’s Best Multimedia Journalism.
In recent years, Jason has received a series of grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to explore conflicts and human rights issues across Asia. His long-form work has been cited in the Best American Travel Writing anthology. And in 2010, his four-part series on the Mumbai terror attacks for VQR, widely acclaimed as the definitive account, won the National Magazine Award for News Reporting.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, Jason worked as a commercial fisherman in Kodiak, Alaska, before entering journalism. These days he is based in Oakland, CA, where he recently launched a production company, Blackbeard Films.