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“Kevin Sites is one of our national treasures—a fearless correspondent who has devoted himself to documenting not just the facts of war, but also its deepest emotional textures.
Here is a thinking, feeling eyewitness to history who knows the perverse excitement of battle, but who questions every raw experience with plangent curiosity.
Read Swimming With Warlords and you will never think of Afghanistan, or America’s ragged entanglements there, in the same way again.”
—Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of
Ghost Soldiers and In the Kingdom of Ice
“…gripping and poignant.”
Award-winning backpack journalist and author Kevin Sites traded a high profile career as a network news producer and correspondent (ABC, NBC, CNN) to become the first Internet correspondent for Yahoo! News.
In his groundbreaking Hot Zone project, he covered nearly every war in the world in one year earning the 2006 Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism.
He’s the author of three books on war, all published by Harper Collins imprint, Harper Perennial. The latest, Swimming with Warlords: A Twelve Year Journey Across the Afghan War, was released in October 2014. He’s also the author of, In the Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars and The Things They Cannot Say: Stories Soldiers Won’t Tell You About What They’ve Seen, Done or Failed to Do in War.
In 2010, Sites was chosen as a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University and in 2012, he was selected as an Ochberg Fellow in Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University.
He’s an Associate Professor of Practice in the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong and contributor to many print and online publications including, Vice Magazine, Aeon, Men’s Health and Salon. He splits his time between Hong Kong and Southern California.
Video reporting from Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts.
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