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Reporting in the War Room: In Conversation with Simon Shuster
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Please join the Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism and the Harriman Institute for a conversation with Simon Shuster about his monthslong embed with President Volodymyr Zelensky and his team in Kyiv during the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. Moderated by Keith Gessen.

Simon Shuster has reported from Russia and Ukraine for over 17 years, most of that time as a staff writer for Time Magazine. His coverage of the war began in 2014, when he was the first foreign journalist to arrive in Crimea as Russian troops took over the peninsula. In 2019, he met and interviewed Volodymyr Zelensky for a profile of his presidential campaign, then continued covering his administration in the years that followed, first traveling to the war zone with the President in April 2021, as the Russians gathered their armies at the border. When the full-scale invasion began the following year, Simon spent months embedded with the President’s team, securing unparalleled access to their compound in Kyiv, where he wrote The Showman: Inside the Invasion That Shook the World And Made a Leader Of Volodymyr Zelensky, his first book.

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Image: Photo of Shuster interviewing Zelensky in October 2023, inside a cathedral in Odesa that sustained damage during a Russian missile strike. Credit: Office of the President of Ukraine
Headshot: Credit: Debora Mittelstaedt