Christiaan Triebert is a journalist on the Visual Investigations team at The New York Times, which combines traditional reporting with open source methods to break news and hold the powerful to account.
Christiaan's work at The New York Times..
..includes a series exposing the Russian bombing of hospitals in Syria, revealing how Iran show down a civilian airliner, and investigations into police brutality in the United States. He co-produced “Day of Rage,” the most complete picture to date of what happened during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, and why. These and other stories he worked on as a reporter at The Times received a George Polk Award, two Overseas Press Club of America Awards, an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, a World Press Photo, and a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.
Around the world with Bellingcat
Prior to joining The New York Times in 2019, Christiaan worked as a senior investigator and lead trainer at the international open source research collective Bellingcat. Training journalists in finding, verifying, and analyzing publicly available digital information, he gave workshops in a wide range of countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. He was awarded with a European Press Prize for his reconstruction of the attempted military coup in Turkey using leaked WhatsApp messages and social media content. During those years (2015 to 2019), Christiaan's work focused on international crime and conflict and appeared, amongst others, in Daily Beast, Foreign Policy, De Correspondent and the Al Jazeera Media Institute, and contributed to the BBC. He also worked on geolocating and verifying United States-led coalition airstrikes allegedly causing civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria for the monitoring group Airwars.
As a student
Christiaan started his journalism career as a freelance (photo)journalist, and reported from Ukraine and Iraq, publishing in local Dutch media. Born in the Netherlands to a Javan father and a Frisian mother, Christiaan earned bachelor degrees in international relations as well as philosophy at the University of Groningen and his masters in conflict, security and development at King's College London. From Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe, and from the Norway's Nordkapp to South Africa's Cape of Good Hope, Christiaan — privileged to have a Dutch passport — hitchhiked tens of thousands of kilometers around the world as a curious high schooler and student.