Columbia Journalism School

Nina Burleigh

Nina  Burleigh

Adjunct Faculty

Nina Burleigh is National Politics Correspondent at Newsweek and the author of five nonfiction books, including "The Fatal Gift of Beauty," (2012) about the Amanda Knox trial, which was a New York Times bestseller; "Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith greed and Forgery in the Holy Land," (2008) about Bible relic forgery, and the intriguing world of Biblical archaeology and collectors; "Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt" (2007) chronicles the first large-scale interaction between Western civilians and Islam in the modern era; "The Stranger and the Statesman," (Morrow, 2003) about the mysterious life of 18th Century scientist James Smithson and his bequest to the nation; and "A Very Private Woman: The Life and Unsolved Murder of Mary Meyer," (Bantam 1998), the true story of the unsolved murder of an American aristocrat in 1964, set in the bizarre and exclusive world of the wives of the Cold Warriors in Washington, D.C.

As a journalist, she has covered national politics, crime and culture out of Washington, DC, and New York City, traveled widely in the United States covering American elections and extensively in the Middle East, and lived in Paris and Italy. She was writer in residence at the Siena Art Institute in 2013 and Dora Maar Fellow in 2014.

Her articles have appeared in Time, People, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Details, The New York Observer, Elle, More, Jane,, Salon, and other publications.

Burleigh was born and educated in the Midwest. She has a Master's degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago, a Master's in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a B.A. in English from MacMurray College.


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