Joe Lauria

Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Author

Joe Lauria is a New York-based independent foreign affairs correspondent, investigative journalist and author. A freelance member of the Sunday Times of London Insight team, he has also worked on investigations for the Boston Globe and Bloomberg News. Joe’s articles have additionally appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Montreal Gazette, The Johannesburg Star, The Washington Times, New York Magazine, ARTnews and other publications.

Joe has broken numerous stories over the years. At Bloomberg News, he conducted a months-long probe into an illegal government bond in Argentina that led to the resignation of a high-ranking government official. With the Sunday Times investigative unit Joe helped reveal the identity of David Rupert, a double agent who infiltrated a pro-real IRA group in Chicago; he discovered the location of a secret laboratory set up by the Raelian movement, designed to defraud a West Virginian politician who wanted his dead son cloned; Joe helped reveal a corrupt business scheme that led to the suspension of Jonathan Sayeed, a British MP; he was a reporter on a four-part series on the allegations of FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds about a nuclear black market in the US run with the participation of US officials; and he shared a Center for Public Integrity investigative journalism award for his part in a Sunday Times probe into the Road to 9/11. For ARTnews Joe was nominated for a National Magazine Award for his part in uncovering Russian mafia infiltration of a famous Petersburg porcelain plant. He was the first to reveal plans by the UN to privatize some of its services and was among the first to report details of corruption in the UN procurement office.

Joe was a freelance correspondent for the Boston Globe at the United Nations from 1999 until the Globe shut down its foreign desk in 2007. He still reports from the UN for Independent Newspapers of South Africa, a chain that includes the Johannesburg Star. At the UN since 1990 he has covered the diplomacy surrounding both wars in Iraq; the break-up of Yugoslavia; the genocide in Rwanda, the crisis of Africa and the enduring problems of the Middle East.

Joe blogs for the Huffington Post and his columns have appeared on Common Dreams.org. In addition, Joe was the New York correspondent for The Sunday Business, a London weekly from 2002 to 2007. He has five years experience as a wire service reporter for Bloomberg News and at the UN for the German Press Agency dpa.

In her book Right is Wrong, Arianna Huffington named Joe to the “honor roll” of reporters who did not buy the Bush administration’s rationale for the invasion of Iraq.

Joe has been interviewed by George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America, Wolf Blitzer on CNN, on the Leonard Lopate Show and frequently on radio by the BBC, ABC News and National Public Radio (including PRI's The World program). He's appeared numerous other times on CNN, UN TV, Al Jazeera and Bloomberg TV. Joe has traveled to more than 65 countries. He speaks German and Italian fluently and can read French and Spanish. His reporting has been quoted in 18 books. Joe has taught four semesters of journalism courses at the City University of New York. He has been an elected member of the executive committee of the UN Correspondents Association for the past six years.

Joe is the author with former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Mike Gravel of A Political Odyssey: The Rise of American Militarism and One Man's Fight to Stop It, published by Seven Stories Press, with a foreword by Daniel Ellsberg. Please see: www.politicalodyssey.com

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