Liz Sly joined the Baghdad bureau of The Times in April 2009 after 22 years with the Chicago Tribune, mostly as a foreign correspondent. She had been in charge of Iraq coverage for the Tribune since 2004, and covered the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan between 2001 and 2004. She has also been based in Beijing, Johannesburg, Washington and Chicago. Sly has won several awards for her work, including a George Polk award for her contribution from Pakistan to a series about Muslim men being deported from America and an Overseas Press Club award for her contribution from Africa to a series about overpopulation. She was also twice named International Reporter of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists for her work out of Africa. Sly graduated from Cambridge University, England, with a masters degree in history.