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Matt McAllester serves GlobalPost in the United Kingdom. McAllester joined Newsday (NY), as a reporter in 1994 and, in 1999, was appointed Middle East correspondent and was the paper's UN correspondent until 2007. He has covered conflicts in the Balkans, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Iraq, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Nigeria and other countries. McAllester is the author of two books about the wars in Kosovo and Iraq and his writing on conflict has appeared in several other books. His forthcoming memoir, "Bittersweet: Lessons from my Mother's Kitchen," will be published by the Dial Press in summer 2009. He is a contributing editor for Details magazine in New York, has written for National Geographic Adventure magazine, the Observer and the Times of London and has made two documentaries as the reporter/presenter for Channel 4's "Unreported World" series. McAllester's journalism awards include three Overseas Press Club of America citations; a staff award for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Reporting; the Asia Society's Osborn Elliott Award 2006 for Excellence in Asian Journalism; the Medill School of Journalism Medal of Courage 2004; and the George Plimpton Feature Writing Award 2004.