Deborah Sontag is a long-form journalist who spent the last 25 years at The New York Times, working primarily as an investigative reporter, foreign correspondent, and magazine writer.
She was the first immigration beat reporter for the Times, the first woman to serve as Jerusalem bureau chief, and author of one of the longest stories ever printed (18,000 words on Ground Zero).
Prior to joining the Times, Ms. Sontag was a feature writer, book critic, and editor at The Miami Herald, and an education reporter at The Charleston (W. Va.) Gazette.
Among her many commendations, she was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her coverage of the 2010 Haitian earthquake and a winner of the George Polk Award for an investigation of the federal immigration agency.
Sontag was a visiting professor of journalism at Princeton University and a high school French and Spanish teacher at The New Lincoln School in NYC.
At the CUNY J-School, she will be co-teaching Cross-Cultural Reporting with International Reporting Program Director Prue Clarke.
She holds an M.S. degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a B.A. in Romance Languages and Literature from Dartmouth College.
She lives in Brooklyn with her husband. They have three children.