Kurt Pitzer

Author and journalist Kurt Pitzer is a former commercial long-line fisherman and relief worker who has reported from some of the world's most turbulent regions, including the Balkans, the Middle East, Afghanistan and Iraq. He has written for the Boston Globe, the Sunday Times of London, the Los Angeles Times, BBC Radio and People. In 2007, Pitzer won the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize for documentary work in Kosovo, Serbia and Bosnia. In 2003, he embedded with the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division during the invasion of Iraq. Soon after arriving in Baghdad, he met the former head of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear centrifuge program, Dr. Mahdi Obeidi, and helped him escape with his family to the United States. Their cowritten book, The Bomb in My Garden (Wiley, 2004), is being developed into a film by Johnny Depp's production company, Infinitum Nihil.