March 16 , 2009

Peter Bergen
CNN Global Terrorism Analyst and Best-Selling Author

Peter Bergen is a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington DC; an adjunct lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; a research fellow at New York University's Center on Law and Security; CNN's terrorism analyst, and author of Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Bin Laden. (Free Press, 2001). Holy War, Inc. was a New York Times best-seller and has been translated into 18 languages. A documentary based on Holy War, Inc., which aired on National Geographic Television, was nominated for an Emmy in the research category.

Bergen has traveled repeatedly to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia to report on bin Laden and al Qaeda. His most recent book is The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader" (Free Press, 2006). It was named one of the best non-fiction books of 2006 by The Washington Post. The Osama bin Laden I Know was translated into French, Spanish and Polish, and CNN produced a two hour documentary "n the Footsteps of bin Laden based on the book that aired around the fifth anniversary of 9/11. Bergen is one of the producers of the CNN documentary. In July 2007 the documentary was nominated for an Emmy in the news long-form (documentary) category.

Bergen has written for a variety of publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, TIME, The Nation, The National Interest, Mother Jones, Washington Times, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph,and Prospect. He has also worked as a correspondent for National Geographic Television and Discovery Television. He is on the editorial board of Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, a leading scholarly journal in the field, and has testified on Capitol Hill.

In 1997, as a producer for CNN, Bergen produced bin Laden's first television interview. He was the recipient of the Leonard Silk Journalism Fellowship in 2000 and a Pew fellowship in 2001 for Holy War, Inc, and in 1994 he won the Overseas Press Club Edward R. Murrow award for best foreign affairs documentary for the CNN program Kingdom of Cocaine.  

From 1998 to 1999, Bergen worked as a correspondent-producer for CNN. He was program editor for CNN Impact, a co-production of CNN and TIME, from 1997 to 1998. Previously he worked for CNN as a producer on a wide variety of international and US national stories. From 1985 to 1990, he worked for ABC News in New York. Bergen has a MA in modern history from New College, Oxford University.  




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