Patrick Kingsley is an award-winning author and international correspondent for the New York Times, where he is the paper’s Jerusalem Bureau Chief. Patrick has reported from more than 40 countries, and was previously based in Cairo, Istanbul and Berlin.

Patrick is the author of two books, and has lectured on migration at the universities of Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge. He is a former British foreign correspondent of the year.

Patrick joined the New York Times in 2017, first as the paper’s Turkey bureau chief, and then as a roving international correspondent, reporting on places like Hungary, Greece, Britain, Moldova, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malta, Germany, the Czech Republic, Finland, Switzerland and Spain. He moved to Jerusalem in January 2021.

Patrick previously worked for the Guardian for seven years, reporting from across the Middle East. He was based first in Cairo, where he was the Guardian’s Egypt correspondent, and then Istanbul, where he covered the 2016 attempted coup. With a colleague, he conducted the last interview of Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, days before his ouster in 2013.

While in Egypt, Patrick won awards for his investigations into a state-led massacre in Cairo; a secret jail in Ismailia; the gassing to death of 37 prisoners inside a police truck; and this assessment of the bloodiest week in modern Egyptian history.

In 2015, Patrick was appointed the Guardian’s first-ever migration correspondent, and covered the 2015 migration crisis in more depth and breadth than any other journalist. On the migration beat, Patrick won awards for this story about one man’s journey from Syria to Sweden, as well as his four-part, year-long investigation into people-smuggling in i) Libya; ii) Egypt; iii) Turkey; and iv) Niger.

This work led to him being named foreign affairs reporter of the year at the British Journalism Awards. His book about the European refugee crisis, based on reportage from 17 countries along the migration trail, has been translated into 10 languages. It was described by Jon Snow as “a unique journalistic achievement”, and by Alan Rusbridger as “the great piece of reporting this issue so badly needs.”

Patrick gave the 2016 Harrell-Bond Lecture, an annual address at Oxford University that has previously been made by the heads of both the United Nations, and the United Nations refugee agency. He has also lectured at Harvard and Cambridge.

Among several other prizes, Patrick is a former winner of the Frontline award for print journalism, and was runner-up in the foreign correspondent category at the British Press Awards.

Patrick’s first book was an exploration of Danish culture called How to be Danish. Published in 2012, the New York Times said it was “fascinating”, the Wall Street Journal “delightful”, and it was a travel book of the month at The Sunday Times.

Patrick was born in London in June 1989. He has a first-class degree in English Literature from Cambridge University, and a diploma in journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

You can download his PR photo here (credit: Tom Kingsley).