Matthieu Aikins has reported from Afghanistan and the Middle East since 2008 for magazines such as the New Yorker, Harper's, GQ, and the New York Times Magazine. He is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, and a fellow at Type Media Center (formerly known as the Nation Institute.)
He is a frequent guest commentator and analyst on national radio and television programs, including MSNBC, the BBC, the CBC, and National Public Radio. His work was featured in the anthology The Best American Magazine Writing 2012.
Matthieu is a two-time finalist for the National Magazine Award in the Reporting category, and the winner of the 2014 Livingston Award. He received the 2013 Polk Award for magazine reporting, the Medill Medal for Courage, and the Kurt Schork Award for his Rolling Stone article "The A-Team Killings," which uncovered evidence of war crimes in Afghanistan. In 2010, he won a National Magazine Award in Canada for 'Best New Creative Talent' for his article 'Last Stand in Kandahar', which appeared on the cover of the November issue of the Walrus. In 2008 and 2009 he also received prizes from the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Atlantic Journalism Awards.
Matthieu has a master's degree in Near Eastern Studies from New York University. He lives in New York City, and is writing a book about refugees traveling to Europe.