Who Is Rukmini Callimachi’s Husband? Her Bio, Family, Podcast & Facts

Published Date: 24 Jul, 2020 Updated date: 25 Dec, 2020 By Daniel Roffer

Rukmini Callimachi is known for her work in numerous award-winning reports. Besides her profession, she is a wife of a fitness teacher husband, who recent got his US citizenship.

.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 to 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.

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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.

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The duo welcomed a son named Amadeo in early 2019. Recently, Rukmini shared news of her husband getting US citizenship in July 2020. Additionally, she revealed her husband’s five-year journey to become a US citizen on her Instagram.

Rukmini Reassigned To Host A Series

The media personality has been making much buzz after New York Times retracted the core of its hit podcast series, Caliphate. She has been reassigned in mid-December 2020 to host the series. Since it is the most praiseworthy narrative podcast by The New York Times in 2018 per wiki.

Caliphate has made a huge impact for The Times, to received awards and many acclaims. The prime figure of the post is Shehzore Chaudhry, a Pakistani-Canadian man referred to as Abu Huzaifa al-Kanadi also taking the responsibility for detailed atrocities that he committed in Syria for ISIS. 

There were many concerns on the real details of his story citing grave misrepresentation and fabrication with the NY Times admitted to a severe retracted and editorial failing on the person’s story. 

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Some Interesting Facts About Rukmini Callimachi

  • Rukmini is the recipient of numerous awards such as the 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.
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