Yochi J. Dreazen (born c. 1976) is an American journalist whose area of expertise is military affairs and national security. As of 2014 , he is the managing editor for news at Foreign Policy and the author of a new book, The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War, which details the story of one Army family's fight against military suicide. He previously was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and National Journal. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, including The Diane Rehm Show (NPR) and Washington Week with Gwen Ifill (PBS).
Dreazen was born in Chicago, Illinois. In 1994, he graduated from the Ida Crown Jewish Academy, where he started a student newspaper. He spent a year in Israel before attending college. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, with degrees in history and English. As a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Dreazen edited the independent student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian.
Dreazen's first employer was The Wall Street Journal. He arrived in Iraq in April 2003, less than a month after the start of the Iraq War, with the 4th Infantry Division; he lived in Baghdad for the next two and a half years, where he was The Wall Street Journal's main Iraq correspondent.
In total, Dreazen spent more than five years in Iraq and Afghanistan during the 11 years he worked at The Wall Street Journal. He has reported from more than three dozen countries, including China, Japan, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
In 2010, the Military Reporters & Editors Association recognized Dreazen's work with its top award for domestic coverage. His work included articles about suicide among soldiers and the psychological traumas that affect veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His book, The Invisible Front, was the finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, jointly awarded by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism. In the award citation, the judges cited the book's "detailed compassionate and compelling report from the front lines of what Dreazen calls 'the Army’s third war' – its fight against the plague of military suicides in the wake of our prolonged conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Dreazen lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Annie Rosenzweig.
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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:39:58 -0700
Saudi Arabia has sent its warplanes roaring into Yemen to hammer an Iranian-backed Shiite militia. In Iraq, forces armed and trained by Iran have been battling a Sunni militia that received fighters and money from Saudi Arabia. And thousands of miles ...
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:21:39 -0800
By Yochi Dreazen. Yochi Dreazen is a Managing Editor for News at Foreign Policy. He is also writer-in-residence at the Center for a New American Security. His book about military suicide was published by Random House's Crown division in 2014.
AINA (press release)
Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:30:00 -0700
By Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Yochi Dreazen. http://foreignpolicy.com. Posted 2015-03-13 22:35 GMT. Last August, President Barack Obama signed off on legislation creating a special envoy charged with aiding the ancient Christian communities and other ...
Albany Times Union (blog)
Albany Times Union (blog)
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:56:15 -0700
... says Yochi Dreazen in The Washington Post. “They have jousted in the shadows, allowing proxies to do the fighting and dying; but Riyadh's push into Yemen exposes that conflict to the entire world — and could lead to open combat between the two ...
New York Times
New York Times
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:48:45 -0800
Members of the community suggested to Kevin's parents, Mark and Carol, that their son had been “a weakling, a coward and even a sinner.” “Strangers told them that Kevin's suicide had been a sin in the eyes of God,” Yochi Dreazen writes in his new book, ...
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 07:33:45 -0800
Back in the days when he was an intrepid correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, spending a total of five years in Iraq and Afghanistan to cover the wars there, Yochi Dreazen started hearing voices. They were not the faraway sirens of ghosts or fear ...
Washington Post (blog)
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:00:00 -0700
Contemporary Life: Yochi Dreazen, Sheryl Wu Dunn, Robin Givhan, Tom Gjelten, Nicholas Kristof, Erika Lee, Francesca Scottoline, Lisa Scottoline, Ray Suarez, Barry Svrluga and Hector Tobar. Culinary Arts: Najmieh Batmanglij. (More will be announced ...
Sat, 04 Oct 2014 14:06:47 -0700
Journalist Yochi Dreazen's new book, The Invisible Front: Love And Loss In An Era of Endless War, tells the true story of the Graham family and two events that would forever change the very fabric of their world. Before the tragedies, the Grahams would ...
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