Saturday, July 21, 2007

Reese Erlich - The US and Iran: The Real Story

"Foreign correspondent Reese Erlich, author of the soon-to-be-published book, "The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of US Policy and the Middle East Crisis," speaks about his recent trips to Iran researching his book.

"Reese Erlich's history in journalism goes back 39 years. He first worked as a staff writer and research editor for Ramparts, an investigative reporting magazine published in San Francisco from 1963 to 1975. Today he works as a full-time print and broadcast, freelance reporter. He reports regularly for CBC, ABC (Australia), Radio Deutche Welle and National Public Radio. His articles appear in the San Francisco Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times and the Dallas Morning News. His television documentaries have aired on PBS stations nationwide.

"Erlich’s book, Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You, co-authored with Norman Solomon, became a best seller in 2003. His latest book, The Iran Agenda: the Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis, will be in bookstores in October 2007. (Forward by Robert Scheer.)

"His magazine articles have appeared in San Francisco Magazine, California Monthly, California Lawyer, Mother Jones, The Progressive, The Nation, AARP’s Segunda Juventud, and he has worked as a consultant to National Geographic.

"In June 2005 he traveled to Iran with Norman Solomon and Sean Penn. Erlich’s photos accompanied Penn’s 5-part series about the trip that appeared in the SF Chronicle and in an A&E documentary of Penn.

"In 2004 Erlich’s radio special “Children of War: Fighting, Dying, Surviving,” won a Clarion Award presented by the Association for Women in Communication and second and third place from the National Headliner Awards. His article about the U.S. use of depleted uranium ammunition was voted the eighth most-censored story in America for 2002-2003 by Project Censored at Sonoma State University. In 2002 his radio documentary, “The Russia Project,” hosted by Walter Cronkite, won the Depth Reporting Prize for Broadcast Journalism awarded by the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists."

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