In 2017, Ms. Rubin was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary and for the Overseas Press Club commentary prize for her columns on global issues. She was also a Pulitzer finalist in 2001, for her columns on Israel and the Palestinians. In 2010 she received the Arthur Ross Award for distinguished analysis of foreign affairs from the American Academy of Diplomacy. In 2008 she was awarded the Edward Weintal prize for international reporting. She is the author of Willful Blindness: The Bush Administration and Iraq.
Ms. Rubin has special expertise on the Middle East, South Asia, Russia and Eastern Europe. She appears frequently on radio and television and in recent years has traveled repeatedly to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Tunisia, Lebanon, Israel, the West Bank, Russia, Ukraine, Western Europe and China.
Before coming to The Inquirer in December 1983 she was the Middle East correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, covering Israel and the Arab world. Earlier, she was a national correspondent for The Monitor, covering election campaigns and national political and social issues. Prior to that she was a staff writer on American politics for The Economist of London.
In 1993, Ms. Rubin was a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu. In 1990 she was an exchange journalist at the Moscow News in Moscow. She spent 1975-6 as a fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University as a participant in the program for senior diplomats started by Henry Kissinger. In 1974-5, she was an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow in Cairo and Beirut.
She is a graduate of Smith College and The London School of Economics. In 2007 she was awarded the Smith College Medal for distinguished achievements by an alumna.