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Robyn Dixon

Robyn Dixon covers sub-Saharan Africa for the Los Angeles Times. She has also reported from Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia and other parts of the former Soviet Union, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq. Dixon spent 10 years in Moscow, traveling extensively to Ukraine, Georgia and Tajikistan and across Russia. She started as a cub reporter in her home city of Melbourne, Australia. After doing every conceivable job, including writing a daily TV column and covering national politics in Canberra, she went to Moscow for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, sister papers of the Fairfax group in Australia. In 1999, Dixon moved to The Times’  Moscow bureau. She became the Johannesburg bureau chief in 2003.

Recent Articles

  • Some of the people who are supposed to be saving rhinos are helping them die out

    Some of the people who are supposed to be saving rhinos are helping them die out

    They are supposed to save the rhino — police in Mozambique, South African soldiers, park rangers and government officials. But the people who could help stop the species’ extinction are often making things worse, according to a report Wednesday that laid out a series of damning failures of governance...

  • South Sudan appears to be sliding back into war

    South Sudan appears to be sliding back into war

    Heavy fighting erupted Monday between government and opposition forces in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, as last-ditch international pressure by the United Nations failed to stem a slide back into war. South Sudanese military helicopter gunships flew over the capital, tanks were deployed and heavy...

  • A rare strike in Zimbabwe shakes the government of 92-year-old Robert Mugabe

    A rare strike in Zimbabwe shakes the government of 92-year-old Robert Mugabe

    It began on YouTube in April with one man’s frustrated lament for Zimbabwe. Wrapped in the national flag, railing against the country’s problems, Pastor Evan Mawarire broke a spell that had kept Zimbabweans silent for years, too fearful to protest their anger over government failures and abuses....

  • From Olympics to prison, the marathon of covering Oscar Pistorius' fall from grace

    From Olympics to prison, the marathon of covering Oscar Pistorius' fall from grace

    Ten years ago, a young man turned up at a Pretoria athletic field and trotted around the track a few times with casual ease. This must be the man I was waiting for. His name was Oscar Pistorius, and he was running on carbon fiber blades. I had an appointment for an interview about his efforts to...

  • Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years in prison for murder of girlfriend

    Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years in prison for murder of girlfriend

    South Africa’s High Court on Wednesday sentenced double amputee Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius to six years in prison for the 2013 killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, rejecting the prosecution’s contention that he showed no remorse. Pistorius' defense team told reporters after the court...

  • At least 14 killed as gunmen storm Somalia hotel

    At least 14 killed as gunmen storm Somalia hotel

    In the Somali capital, the Shabab extremist group has a deadly effective method of spreading terror: A suicide bomber detonates a car at the entrance to a hotel popular with government members, then gunmen swarm in, killing guests, taking hostages and posting snipers on the rooftop to fire on arriving...

  • 858 killed: Not a day in April passed without a terror attack

    858 killed: Not a day in April passed without a terror attack

    Habib Ullah chugged along a dusty road in rural Pakistan on his battered motorcycle, his wife, infant son and 7-year-old daughter hanging on — a family of farm laborers on their way to work the fields. A 60-year-old father of seven, Ullah was steering through the barren, mountainous district of...

  • Oscar Pistorius hobbles without prosthetics in plea for a lesser sentence

    Oscar Pistorius hobbles without prosthetics in plea for a lesser sentence

    Oscar Pistorius, facing a possible 15 years in jail for murder, hobbled tearfully across a Pretoria courtroom Wednesday in a final desperate bid to avoid a long prison term for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The former Olympic athlete’s defense used the demonstration to...

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