Kim Barker


Kim Barker has been a reporter at ProPublica since 2010, writing stories on campaign finance and the aftermath of the BP oil spill that have run in outlets such as The Washington Post, The Atlantic and Salon.
Barker specializes in stories following dark money, which she describes to Bill Moyers as financing from “organizations that can take unlimited amounts of money from billionaires or corporations or unions and then turn around and spend money on political ads without saying who their donors are.”

In late 2009 and early 2010, Barker was the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where she studied, wrote and lectured on Pakistan and Afghanistan and US policy.

Barker was the South Asia bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune from 2004 to 2009 and was based in New Delhi and Islamabad. At the Tribune, Barker covered major stories such as the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and rising militancy in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Her book about those years, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, was published in March 2011. She tweets at @Kim_Barker.