FORA.tv Speaker - Sebastian Rotella

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Biography

Sebastian Rotella is an author and award-winning investigative journalist and foreign correspondent. Since January of 2010, he has been a senior reporter in Washington for ProPublica, covering issues including terrorism, law enforcement, intelligence and organized crime. He spent almost 23 years at the Los Angeles Times, most recently as a national security correspondent in Washington. He also served as an investigative correspondent based in Madrid; bureau chief in Paris covering stories in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East; bureau chief in Buenos Aires covering South America; and Mexican border correspondent.

He is the author of Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the U.S.-Mexico Border, which was named a New York Times notable book in 1998. His novel, Triple Crossing, will be published by Little, Brown and Company in 2011. Rotella was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in 2006. The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism awarded him the Maria Moors Cabot Medal for career coverage of Latin America in 2001. He has also won honors from Harvard University, the Overseas Press Club, the German Marshall Fund and the Inter-American Press Association.

He has given talks at FBI headquarters, the United Nations General Assembly, the Jamestown Foundation, U.S. embassies in Paris, Madrid and Buenos Aires, and universities in the United States and Europe. In 1995, his articles about the Mexican border inspired songs on Bruce Springsteen's album The Ghost of Tom Joad. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and speaks Spanish, French and Italian.

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Terrorism: A Decade After

04.09.11 | 01:14:38 min | 2 comments