Christopher Dickey (August 31, 1951 – 16 July 2020) was an American journalist, author, and news editor. He was the Paris-based world news editor for The Daily Beast. He was also the author of seven books, including Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South, about Robert Bunch, published in 2015; Securing the City: Inside America's Best Counterterror Force – the NYPD, about the New York Police Department, published in February 2009; and a memoir about his father, the late poet and novelist James Dickey, Summer of Deliverance, published in 1998.
Dickey's career as a foreign correspondent began as Mexico and Central America Bureau Chief for The Washington Post in 1980 after he had spent six years in various editing and writing positions at the paper. Over the following three decades for The Washington Post and then for Newsweek magazine he covered wars in Central America and the Middle East, with occasional forays into Africa and the Balkans. From his experiences in the field he produced the non-fiction books of reportage With the Contras: A Reporter in the Wilds of Nicaragua,, published in 1986, and Expats: Travels in Arabia from Tripoli to Tehran, published in 1990; and two novels: Innocent Blood, published in 1997, and its sequel, The Sleeper, published in 2004.
The New York Times Book Review picked With the Contras, Summer of Deliverance, and Securing the City as notable books of the year in 1986, 1998, and 2009 respectively.
From 2010 to 2013, after Newsweek was acquired by IAC, Dickey worked for both Newsweek and The Daily Beast as Paris bureau chief and Middle East editor, but stayed with The Daily Beast when Newsweek was sold a third time. In March 2014, he was named world news editor for The Daily Beast.
In 1983–1984, Dickey was an Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Original articles and essays by Dickey have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, Departures, and many other publications.
He frequently commented about breaking events on MSNBC, CNN, France 24, BBC TV, BBC World Service and Al Jazeera, as well as other local, national and international broadcasts.
Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions optioned Securing the City in the fall of 2009, to develop into a television series.
Dickey died unexpectedly of heart failure in Paris on July 16, 2020.
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