Jason Motlagh is journalist and filmmaker drawn to under-reported stories in challenging environments, with a focus on conflict, migration and human rights. He started reporting from Afghanistan in 2006 and became TIME magazine’s Kabul correspondent. Now a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, he's worked in more than 60 countries spanning Southeast Asia to Latin America for National Geographic, Outside, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Economist.
As founder of Blackbeard Media, Jason produces, directs, and hosts news documentaries for Al Jazeera English, National Geographic, Vice on Showtime, and others. His first full-length feature documentary, about the ancient sport of buzkashi and the war in Afghanistan, will premiere in spring 2023. His recognitions include a National Magazine Award, Overseas Press Club Award, Kurt Schork Award, Daniel Pearl Award, and an Emmy. He lives in Baja, Mexico, with his wife, two sons, and three horses.