Jonathan Blitzer is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He won a 2017 National Award for Education Reporting for “American Studies,” a story about an underground school for undocumented immigrants. He has twice been a finalist for a Livingston Award, and was a recipient of the 2018 Media Leadership Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Over the last year, he has filed more than seventy stories for the magazine and newyorker.com, where he covers immigration full time. He has written, among other things, about the lives of deportees in Central America, the family separation crisis along the US-Mexico border, the fate of Dreamers, and the current Administration’s efforts to revamp U.S. refugee policy.
Blitzer’s writing and reporting have also appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Atavist, Oxford American, and The Nation. Prior to joining The New Yorker, where he began as a fact-checker, he worked as a freelance writer in Europe. He was a Fulbright Scholar, in Madrid, and has also worked as a translator for a human rights organization in Argentina.