We are delighted to announce that, as of next week, award-winning journalist Dahr Jamail will be joining the team here at Truthout as a full-time staff reporter.
From his courageous work as an unembedded reporter in Iraq to his groundbreaking, on-site investigation of the BP oil spill’s lasting effects, Dahr has remained a vital independent voice amid an overwhelmingly corporatized journalistic landscape.
“Truly independent journalism has become increasingly rare, yet has never been as important,” says Dahr. “Truthout remains one of the last platforms available to report clearly about the converging crises that define our times, and that is why I’ve decided to join them.”
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Dahr’s highly respected work for Truthout, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and many other outlets has covered a wide range of crucial issues. Reporting for Truthout from Iraq in 2010, Jamail documented the war from the assaults on Fallujah throughout the occupation, to the experiences of American soldiers in the field and at home. In his extensive coverage of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, he followed BP response workers and documented the impact of the disaster on Gulf residents. Dahr’s recent work on the still-underestimated scale of climate change has already made a critical impact on conversations around this issue that will drastically shape our collective future.
He has also reported from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey over the last ten years, and has won awards including the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Award for Investigative Journalism, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship and four Project Censored awards. Dahr has reported for Democracy Now! and Al Jazeera, and has appeared on the BBC, NPR, and numerous other stations around the globe. He is the author of The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan (Haymarket Books, 2009) and Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq (Haymarket Books, 2007).
In the coming months, Dahr’s work will center around anthropogenic climate disruption and corporate environmental crimes. We’re thrilled to have him with us, and look forward to sharing his groundbreaking work with you!