Laura Kasinof graduated from New York University with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Politics. She has reported from Yemen since 2009 and started writing for the New York Times in 2011, when she was 25. She is the only American journalist to have lived in the country during the entirety of the Yemeni uprising and has written over 100 articles for the Times, including several front-page stories. She has also discussed Yemen, the Arab Spring and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula on radio and TV outlets such as BBC World Service, Democracy Now, Al Jazeera International and NPR, and has been invited to speak about Yemen at institutions such as Chatham House, The New America Foundation and the National Counterterrorism Center. Her first book, DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE BULLETS, is forthcoming from Skyhorse.
In 2009, Laura became a TV star in Yemen when she starred in a soap opera alongside Yemen's most famous male actor.
Laura Kasinof studied Arabic in college and moved to Yemen a few years later, after a friend at a late-night party in Washington, DC recommended the country as a good place to work as a freelance journalist. When she first moved to Sanaa in 2009, she was the only American reporter based in the country. She quickly fell in love with Yemen's people and culture, in addition to finding herself the star of a local TV soap opera.
When antigovernment protests broke out in Yemen, part of the revolts sweeping the Arab world at the time, she contacted the New York Times to see if she could cover the rapidly unfolding events for the newspaper. Laura never planned to be a war correspondent, but found herself in the middle of brutal government attacks on peaceful protesters. As foreign reporters were rounded up and shipped out of the country, Laura managed to elude the authorities but found herself increasingly isolated and even more determined to report on what she saw.
DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE BULLETS is a fascinating and important debut by a talented young journalist.