Tracy Wilkinson


Tracy Wilkinson has covered wars, crises, and daily life on three continents. Her career began with United Press International, where she covered the Contra war in Nicaragua.

She moved to the Los Angeles Times in 1987, first as a writer on the metro staff, then as a foreign correspondent based in San Salvador. In 1995, she moved to Vienna, where she covered the war in the Balkans, winning the George Polk Award in 1999, and then to Jerusalem. From there, she went to Rome, where she covered two popes and did several stints in Iraq.

In 2008, she became Mexico bureau chief, where her coverage was part of a team that won an Overseas Press Club Award and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Wilkinson was also the 2014 winner of the Maria Moors Cabot award for coverage of Latin America.

Wilkinson earned her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. Her book, The Vatican’s Exorcists: Driving Out the Devil in the 21st Century, has been translated into a dozen languages. She joined the Times’ Washington, D.C., bureau in 2015 to cover foreign affairs.

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