Journalist Profile

Jenny Nordberg

Jenny Nordberg, Sweden and the United States, is a New York-based investigative reporter and author.

A columnist and correspondent for SVENSKA DAGBLADET, her work has also been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine,, The Atlantic, The Guardian, ELLE, BUST and Teen Vogue. 

In 2010, she broke the story of “bacha posh” — how girls grow up disguised as boys in gender-segregated Afghanistan. The cross-border investigation was published in The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune, and expanded into the book THE UNDERGROUND GIRLS OF KABUL: In search of a hidden resistance in Afghanistan, published in 2014 and translated into German, French, Italian, Portugese, Polish, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Russian, Turkish and Malayalam. 

The Underground Girls of Kabul is to date the only original non-fiction work investigating and documenting the practice of bacha posh

The book was awarded the 2015 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and The Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, stating that Nordberg’s work “is much more than a hard-won investigation populated with diverse characters and potent scenes. It’s also a careful surrender of assumptions about gender and patriarchy and the Western lens on a troubled country—a book through which readers emerge both challenged and changed.”

At the New York Times’ investigative unit, Nordberg has worked on projects such as an examination of the American freight railroad system; a series that won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, and U.S. efforts at exporting democracy to Haiti.

She has also produced and written several documentaries for American television, on Iraqi refugees, Pakistan’s nuclear proliferation and the impact of the global financial crisis in Europe.

In Sweden, Nordberg was a member of the first investigative team at Swedish Broadcasting’s national radio division, where she supervised projects on terrorism and politics. Nordberg has won awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors, The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and Guldspaden; Sweden’s premier journalism recognition. 

She regularly lectures on gender and investigative journalism and has appeared on NPR, WNYC, MSNBC and The Jon Stewart Show to discuss her work. In the spring of 2016, she will teach "International Investigations" at New York University's Global Journalism program. 

Jenny Nordberg holds a B.A. in Law and Journalism from Stockholm University, and an M.A. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Read a Q&A with Nordberg in ICIJ's Secrets of the Masters series.

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