Helene Cooper (born April 22, 1966) is a Liberian-born American journalist who is a Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times. She was a member of The New York Times reporting team that received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage of the 2014 Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. She is the author of a memoir, The House at Sugar Beach and of Madame President, a biography of Liberia's first woman president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
- I have always been a daughter of two countries, in large part because without America, my adopted country, my native country of Liberia would not exist.
- Madame President, Author's Note, page xi, (2017)
- This country took me and my family in when we were at one of the lowest points of our lives and returned to me a feeling I had lost: that of being safe. I was so proud when I eventually took the oath of citizenship and posed for photos, waving an American flag, in front of the courthouse where I was sworn in.
- "A Washington Correspondent’s Own Refugee Experience" <ref>Cooper, Helene (January 31, 2017), New York Times(January 31, 2017)
- Sweden avoided World War II, sparing itself the German occupation that Norway endured and the Soviet invasion suffered by the Finns. During the Cold War, Sweden continued its neutral path...[and] declined to join NATO. And then Feb. 24, 2022, happened. The Russian invasion of Ukraine brought into sharp relief the limitations of being in Europe but not having the security guarantees of NATO’s collective defense pact. The Finns — dragging the Swedes with them — applied for membership in the alliance.
- "Back in the Fight", The New York Times, (October 2, 2022)