Helene Cooper was born in Monrovia, Republic of Liberia on April 22, 1966. She is currently (2017) a Pentagon Correspondent with The New York Times. She joined the paper in 2004 as assistant editorial page editor, before becoming diplomatic correspondent in 2006 and White House correspondent in 2009.
In 2015, she was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, for her work in Liberia during the Ebola epidemic. She is also the winner of the George Polk award for health reporting (2015) and the Overseas Press Club Award (2015).
She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood (2008), her memoir of growing up in Monrovia, Liberia. She is also the author of Madame President: The Extraordinary Story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (2017) Cooper lives in the Washington DC area (Photo: from Meet the Press “White House Trying to Thread the Needle”)