Andrea is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and the author of Invisible Child, published by Random House. Since joining The New York Times in 2003, Elliott has specialized in long-form investigative journalism. Her reporting on the life of Dasani Coates, a homeless child, won a 2014 George Polk award, and her series, “An Imam in America,” was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.
Elliott has received honorary doctorates from Occidental College and from Niagara University, which cited her “courage, perseverance, and a commitment to fairness for those without a public voice rarely demonstrated among writers today.” Her writing has been featured in the collections “Best Newspaper Writing” and “Islam for Journalists: A Primer on Covering Muslim American Communities in America.” Elliott came to The Times from The Miami Herald, where she covered crime, immigration and Latin American politics. Raised in Washington, D.C. by a Chilean immigrant mother and an American father, she attended Occidental College before earning a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1999.