Michael Hastings is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and 2012 election correspondent for BuzzFeed. Over the past seven years, he’s regularly covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He started his career at Newsweek magazine in 2002 and was named the magazine’s Baghdad correspondent in 2005. In 2008, he reported on the U.S. presidential elections for Newsweek. His work has appeared in GQ, The Washington Post, the L.A. Times, Slate, Salon, Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and a number of other publications. In 2011, he was awarded the George Polk Award for magazine reporting for his story in Rolling Stone, “The Runaway General.” In 2010, he was named one of Huffington Post’sGame Changers of the year. In 2009, his story “Obama’s War,” published in GQ, was selected for the Best American Political Writing 2009 anthology (Public Affairs, 2009). He is the author of I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story (Scribner, 2008) and the New York Times best-seller The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan (Blue Rider, 2012).