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Nina Burleigh is an award-winning investigative journalist and author of five books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Fatal Gift of Beauty, on the trials of Amanda Knox. Her recent work on a wide array of topics can be found in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, WSJ Magazine and Time.com. She covered the White House and Congress for Time, was a staff writer at People, and writes The Bombshell column at the New York Observer. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, The Today Show, 48 Hours, MSNBC, CNN and, on NPR and numerous radio programs. Born and educated in the Midwest, based in New York, she has traveled extensively in the Middle East and lived in Italy and France.
She is a an adjunct professor at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and has lectured around the United States, in Italy, and in Mexico.

Entries by Nina Burleigh

It's a Man's World at the Movies

(15) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 12:54 PM

An amazing movie will open in theaters later this week. Out of The Furnace is our generation's Deer Hunter, about rust belt America, war, PTSD, drugs, guns, violence and white underclass misery. A few deer show up, too. It is bleak, good stuff, and halfway through watching it, I found...

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Leaving Teen Girls to the Taliban

(24) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 12:14 PM

A few weeks ago, Malala Yousafzai toured the NYC-DC axis. The 16-year-old Pakistani Nobel candidate is a powerhouse, mesmerizing in her poise and courage in everything from staring down Taliban misogynists to charming Jon Stewart to telling the president of the United States to end drone strikes.

I had the...

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Is There a Doctor in the House?

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 12:38 PM

We narrowly missed getting involved in a nasty war and hurricane season came and went without Miami lost to the sea. We appeared to be headed for a rather calm autumn, until our adrenalin-junkie House Republicans decided to drive the nation to the edge of the fiscal cliff for the...

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Time to Talk About Misogynist Bullying

(375) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 11:30 AM

If you see something, say something. That paranoid punch line of a public service campaign has worked: nobody looks the same way at a stray backpack on the subway, and we just might call the cops.

Sadly, the same adage doesn't apply to young American men and women watching guys...

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Can't Buy Me Love

(20) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 9:30 AM

This week, while we pick through our Valentine's Day chocolates looking for the good ones and watch our roses wilt, let's think about buying love. Not with chocolates, lingerie or jewelry, but with cash or credit card.

The Justice Department estimates human trafficking is the second fastest-growing criminal...

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Who Really Wins The War on Women?

(272) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 7:54 AM

The 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, has come and gone. Forty years is a long time--back when contraception meant counting days and pregnant teenage girls were forced to give birth, 40 years was more than two generations.

Forty years means that an...

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On Super Bowl Sunday, Nachos, Beer and Bashed Brains

(116) Comments | Posted February 3, 2013 | 12:52 PM

Last fall, two squads of pint-size players clashed in the crisp air at a peewee football field in Southbridge, Mass. The boys on one team were much larger than the others, and within six plays, three of the smaller boys had been carried off with head injuries, one with his...

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The End Is Really Not Nigh

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 1:41 PM

By some accounts, there have been at least 200 documented, date-specific end-of-world predictions in the last two millennia. Now, having just passed unscathed through the Mayan apocalypse and the fiscal cliff, we're hearing that 2013's solar flares will end the world as we know it.

Wouldn't it be...

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Remembering John F. Kennedy, Jr.

(2) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 12:13 PM

Besides being the month of Thanksgiving, November is the month of the Dead Kennedy. It's a time of remembering a day of blood and brains on a pink dress in Dallas, a portal into a black hole in the last half-century's history.

For those of us born in and after...

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Obama and Women as Tactical Weapons

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 10:43 AM

The Bombshell loves O. Like so many other American women who helped elect him in '08, I adore that great, always-ticking political brain. I love his health care reform, his calm, cool and collected kill order for OBL. His barely clothed socialist tendencies drive me wild, too.

The trouble is,...

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Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf?

(32) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 10:54 AM

This is an excerpt from my new regular column, The Bombshell, about the peculiarities of the fairer sex, at the New York Observer.

It can't be easy to be a man these days, what with the gender's looming end, but thinking about Naomi Wolf's new and much-ridiculed biography of...

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Mr. Akin and the Apocalypse of the Republican Mind

(20) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 2:18 PM

I write today of a natural disaster threatening to do more harm to our future as a democracy than al Qaeda or the Red Threat before that.

We've seen alarming intimations of it for a few decades, but nobody bothered to act. We were all too busy rearranging ourselves around...

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What's God Got to Do With It?

(72) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 12:37 PM

In the news, two apparently unrelated stories:

The first is that Baywatch "babe" Donna D'Errico got badly bruised climbing Mount Ararat looking for Noah's Ark. The second is a leaked document of Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu's first-strike plan for Iran.

Many people have a hard time seeing...

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The American Intelligence of Michele Bachmann

(364) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 3:34 PM

JERUSALEM -- It should come as no surprise that Michele Bachmann claims Huma Abedin, an aide to Hilary Clinton, might be a Muslim Brotherhood spy sent to influence the highest levels of America's foreign policy. Conspiracy theorizing, the classic Middle Eastern method of decoding power, is alive and well on...

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Egypt's Women and the Military

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 2:12 PM

That rarest of birds, an Egyptian female judge, is at the center of a controversy about how the military colluded with the judiciary to keep control over the reins of power even as the Muslim Brotherhood was winning the popular vote.

Judge Tahani el-Gebali told the New York...

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Hell in a Reed Basket

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 11:30 PM

Update from Sharm el Sheikh, a silvery beach town of casinos and unnatural fields of water-sucking grass, underutilized resorts and a McDonald's without the bacon deluxe cheeseburger.

Sharm means Shame in Arabic, and there is much of it to go around.

The palace where Mubarak retreated after he was deposed,...

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NYC's Madam Scandal Reveals Gender Bias

(122) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 9:52 AM

New York's tabloids have been going crazy over the story of the "soccer mom Madam" who is alleged to have made millions serving up Eastern Europe's finest young exports to some of the richest men in America.

We should be asking: why are the women indicted, while the clients --...

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Failing the Virginity Test

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2012 | 9:45 AM

Cairo -- The sick obsession with controlling women and baby-making is a bottomless well of weirdness.

In Egypt, and other nations, Indonesia and Turkey among them, certainly the Gulf States, doctors or midwives are sometimes asked to perform "virginity tests" to ensure that a man is getting a bride untouched...

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Santorum's Crazy Baby-Love

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2012 | 11:02 PM

Rick Santorum's outrageous attacks on contraception and gay marriage are rooted in the notion that sex be about procreation only. He is not alone. He expresses the views of a very engaged edge of GOP primary voters, and Romney et al dare not uphold more moderate positions, lest they lose...

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Women and Human Rights

(26) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 8:51 PM

Last night I had an interesting exchange with a smart NYC high school senior, who challenged me on the notion: if you think women don't mind walking around with black blankets over their heads in 120 degree heat, then you need to reexamine whether you think women are like you,...

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