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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

  • In South Africa, volunteer water deliveries bring relief to drought areas

    In South Africa, volunteer water deliveries bring relief to drought areas

    The tatty, faded umbrellas bob above a long queue of people, protection not against rain, but the parching sun. In what some farmers are calling the worst drought they've seen, residents in many rural townships saw the water in their taps dribble and die months ago. Crops didn't get planted. Wildlife...

  • South Africa reports a decrease in 2015 rhino poachings

    South Africa reports a decrease in 2015 rhino poachings

    The number of rhinos poached in South Africa, home to 80% of the world's population, fell marginally in 2015 after years of rising dramatically, according to newly released government figures. There were 1,175 rhinos killed last year, down from 1,215 the previous year, leading the government to...

  • Burkina Faso siege leaves at least 28 dead, including an American

    Burkina Faso siege leaves at least 28 dead, including an American

    An attack on a luxury Burkina Faso hotel and restaurant popular with foreigners left at least 28 victims, including one American, dead as an Al Qaeda affiliate staked out turf in the region, signaling a troubling surge of extremism. Four assailants also died in the overnight attack at the Splendid...

  • After two years of pain and heartbreak, Africa declared free of Ebola

    After two years of pain and heartbreak, Africa declared free of Ebola

    Marian Bah lost a child and husband to Ebola and was so shunned by her family and community in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, she said, that “I wanted to kill myself.” Agnes Saybeh has been left alone with the three orphaned children of her sister, who died of the disease, and a child of her own....

  • People are starving in East Africa -- again -- as the world looks away

    People are starving in East Africa -- again -- as the world looks away

    Humanitarian groups are growing increasingly concerned about two hunger emergencies unfolding in East Africa -- one caused by drought, the other by war. Millions of people in Ethiopia and South Sudan are short on food, international agencies say, and in South Sudan, conflict has made it difficult...

  • Furor over racist tweet lays bare South Africa's persistent divide

    Furor over racist tweet lays bare South Africa's persistent divide

    Her name is Penny Sparrow and, over the course of two days, she went from being an anonymous South African real estate agent to perhaps the country’s most hated woman. Sparrow ignited a social media storm when she posted a Facebook rant comparing black people to monkeys. The uproar has shone a...

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