Lawrence Scott Sheets

Lawrence Scott Sheets has been living and reporting from various places in the former Soviet Union since 1990. From 2001 to 2005, Sheets was National Public Radios Moscow Bureau Chief, and covered the countries of former USSR, including Russia, Ukraine, and Central Asia. Currently, Sheets is the Caucasus director for the International Crisis Group where he is monitoring and writing extensively on the conflict between Georgia and Russia. Sheets has also reported for NPR from Iran and Afghanistan. He covered the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan during 2001 and 2002, including the bloody Taliban uprising at a fortress in Mazar e Sharif in which hundreds of people died. Sheets’s reports can be heard on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Day to Day, The World, and Weekend Edition.


Prior to his stint at NPR Sheets worked for Reuters News Agency as the bureau chief for the Caucasus region, and was based in Tbilisi, Georgia (1992-2000). He covered several wars and conflicts in the region over those years, including Chechnya. Sheets previously worked for both NBC News and for Reuters Television as a producer/assignment editor in Moscow (1991-92). Sheets graduated with honors from Michigan State University in 1990 with degrees in both International Relations and Russian Language and Literature and went on to be a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University (2000-01).


Read “A Smuggler’s Story,” Lawrence Scott Sheets’s article on Uranium Smuggling in The Atlantic


Published work

Eight Pieces of Empire: A 20-Year Journey Through the Soviet Collapse (Crown Publishing, November 2011)