Kenneth R. Rosen
is a contributing writer at WIRED, a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and a roving independent journalist based between the U.S., Middle East and Europe.
He is the author of Troubled: The Failed Promise of America's Behavioral Treatment Programs (Little A, 2021), which The New York Times Book Review called "a searing exposé" and a "public service." Troubled was a Times Editor's Choice, one of Newsweek's most highly anticipated titles of 2021, and is being adapted into a feature film and a docuseries. Troubled helped launch independent inquiries, by the Government Accountability Office and the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, into abuses at congregate care facilities for at-risk youth. His first book, Bulletproof Vest (Bloomsbury, 2020), was named one of the most fascinating books WIRED read that year.
Rosen is a two-time finalist for the Livingston Award in international reporting. Among other honors, he received the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for War Correspondents for his reporting on Iraq in 2018 and was a finalist for his reporting on Syria in 2019.
He has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, and VQR. His work has been translated into Arabic, Spanish, German, and Japanese.
As a foreign correspondent and magazine writer, he has reported from more than 13 countries, along the way receiving generous support from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (inaugural journalist-in-residence), the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (Executive-in-Residence), the Alicia Patterson foundation, MacDowell (Calderwood Foundation Art of Nonfiction Grantee), the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Literary Journalist-in-Residence), the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (Grantee '17, '20), the Fulbright Program, the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, the Fund for American Studies (Robert Novak Fellow), the Steven Joel Sotloff Memorial Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation with John Jay’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, and the Logan Nonfiction Program at the Carey Institute for Global Good.
Educated at Columbia University and the Savannah College of Art and Design, he lectured at the University of Massachusetts Boston, has held workshops on creative nonfiction for Catapult magazine, and volunteered with "troubled teens" and at-risk youth seeking to return to school and complete their bachelor's degrees. He got his start in journalism as the editor-in-chief of his college newspaper and went on to work at local daily newspapers in Alaska and Georgia. He was a staff journalist at The Times for six years, and a senior editor at Newsweek, before dedicating himself full-time to independent reportage.
An infracaninophile who reports and writes about a variety of subjects and communities, domestic and abroad, he's taken a job at a slaughterhouse in the Texas panhandle, visited meteorite hunters in the Sahara and grave diggers in northern Syria, journeyed into an underground proofing house in the heart of London and embedded with military units in western Iraq, followed international drug smugglers through brothels in the Netherlands and navigated the Cranberry Isles of Maine with a lobsterman who was allergic to lobster. He hopes to one day report from outer space.
But for now he lives on a mountain with his family.