is the author of six books and writer at large for Vanity Fair. She presented her most recent book, Apples and Oranges, My Brother and Me, Lost and Found (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) at the 2010 DSC Jaipur Literature Festival. Since 1977, she has reported from around the world. Her expose of the tobacco industry, “The Man Who Knew Too Much” was the basis for the 1999 movie The Insider, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Her article “Erotomani” became the Lifetime movie Obsessed. Apples and Oranges has been adapted into a play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Alfred Uhry for the 2011-12 theater season at the Manhattan Theater Club.
The winner of six Front Page awards for her journalism, she has been on the staff of Vanity Fair since 1985 and has been a staff writer at the New Yorker and New York Magazine. Her 2003 investigation of the rise of anti-Semitism in France (“France’s Scarlet Letter”) made international news. A frequent visitor to India, she is at work on a new book set in South Asia.