Rukmini Callimachi is a Romanian-American journalist who now serves as the correspondent for The New York Times, covering ISIS. Her work helped The New York Times to earn a Pulitzer Finalist accolade in 2016 as part of a group entry.
Rukmini Callimachi Bio; Age, Family, Education
Rukmini Maria Callimachi of age 47 was born on 25 June 1973 in Bucharest, Romania. She was raised in an educated family as her father is a pediatrician and her mother is a dentist. Her parents divorced when she was a child.
At the age of five, she left Romania during the communist regime and moved Germany as a refugee with her mother and grandmother in 1979. A week later, they moved to Switzerland and her family moved to the United States when she was 10 years old.
Callimachi attended The Oak Grove School and The Thacher School in Ojai, California. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1995. Afterward, she earned her master’s in linguistics from Exeter College of Oxford University.
Her Career, The New York Times, Podcast
Rukmini began her career in 2001, doing some freelance work in New Delhi, India, including for Time magazine. In 2003, she joined the Associated Press in Portland, Oregon, and covered the news around the United States for three years. Meanwhile, she became a West African correspondent for The AP in 2006.
Callimachi became a Pulitzer Finalist in International Reporting for investigating the exploitation of children in West and Central Africa in 2009. Later in 2014, she was named Pulitzer Finalist for her series of stories based on a cache of internal Al-Qaeda documents she discovered in Mali.
Rukmini joined The New York Times in 2014 and now works as a correspondent focusing on Islamic extremism. Furthermore, she helped the Times earn a Pulitzer Finalist accolade as part of a group entry in 2016. Meanwhile, she covered The New York Times’ first narrative nonfiction podcast, “Caliphate.” The podcast won a Peabody Award in the radio/podcast category in its first year. Moreover, she works as an analyst for NBC.
Who Is Rukmini Callimachi’s Husband?
Well, the 47-year-old is currently married to Mikhael Lafarge. The duo tied the wedding knot in September 2014. Mikhael is a fitness trainer at Curves in Dakar, a fitness center in Senegal.
The duo welcomed a son named Amadeo in early 2019. Recently, Rukmini shared news of her husband getting a US citizenship in July 2020. Additionally, she revealed her husband’s five-year journey to become a US citizen on her Instagram.
Some Interesting Facts About Rukmini Callimachi
- Rukmini is the recipient of numerous awards such as George Polk Award for International Reporting, multiple Overseas Press Club Awards, and the Michael Kelly prize.
- Likewise, she won the inaugural International Center for Journalists’ Integrity in Journalism Award in 2016.
- Her name Rukmini was kept after her family’s closeness to her godmother; Indian theosophist, dancer, and activist Rukmini Devi Arundale.