Joshua Hammer started his foreign correspondent’s life as a rotating bureau chief for Newsweek from 1992 to 2006. He’s now a contributing editor to Smithsonian and Outside magazines, and contributes frequently to the New York Review of Books. He’s written for The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, among others. He was also a 2005 Nieman Fellow.
Despite these glossy magazine chops, the story that earned Hammer the 2016 National Magazine Award for Reporting appeared in Matter, a digital-only publisher of longform journalism. The piece, “My Nurses Are Dead and I Don’t Know If I’m Already Infected,” tells the story of Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, a Sierra Leonean physician and tropical diseases specialist, who led the effort to control the Ebola outbreak from the country’s Kenema Government Hospital, in the heart of the disease’s hot zone. Hammer says winning the ASME (American Society of Magazine Editors) award surprised him, in part because when he wrote the story, he wasn’t sure what kind of visibility Matter would have. But he loved Matter’s openness to a long piece (it eventually ran … Read More