Declan Walsh


Declan Walsh is The New York Times' chief Africa correspondent. He was previously based in Egypt, covering the Middle East, and in Pakistan. He previously worked at The Guardian and is the author of The Nine Lives of Pakistan.

Born and raised in Ireland, his work has focused on social and political change. He has written about trains, insurgencies, human rights abuses, and software fraud. His investigation into a fraudulent Pakistani software company in 2015 caused it to shut down. He has embraced new digital forms of storytelling, including a narrated journey across Syria in 2016.

He started his career at The Business Post in Dublin before moving to Nairobi, Kenya, in 1999 to report on sub-Saharan Africa as a freelance reporter. In 2004 he moved to Islamabad, Pakistan, covering Pakistan and Afghanistan for The Guardian. He joined The New York Times in 2011 as the Pakistan bureau chief. The Pakistani authorities expelled him from the country in May 2013 for unspecified reasons.

In August 2017 for The New York Times Magazine, he wrote an investigation into the death of Giulio Regeni, an Italian graduate student killed in Cairo. His writing has also been published in Granta magazine.