Rukmini Callimachi is a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, covering Islamic extremism. She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and has been awarded a number of other prestigious awards for journalism/reporting. From 2006 to 2014, she was based in Senegal as the West Africa Bureau chief for Associated Press. She was born in Romania, fleeing to Switzerland when she was five. She studied poetry at university before becoming a reporter.