Joshua Yaffa


Joshua Yaffa is a correspondent for The New Yorker, based primarily in Moscow, Russia and the author of Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia, winner of the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2021. He has also written for the Economist, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New Republic, and Foreign Affairs. For his work in Russia, he has been named a fellow at New America, a recipient of the American Academy’s Berlin Prize, and a finalist for the Livingston Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and master’s degrees in journalism and international affairs from Columbia University, where he was a visiting scholar at the Harriman Institute and taught at the journalism school for several years. He is originally from San Diego, California.

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5x15: with The Orwell Foundation

Join 5x15 and The Orwell Foundation to celebrate Orwell’s life and legacy with Rebecca Solnit, Joshua Yaffa, D.J Taylor, plus an exclusive short film from Sarah Wood and Ali Smith