About the Speaker

Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning correspondent who has reported from more than 50 countries on four continents. His book, Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq, is an account of the fourteen times the United States has overthrown foreign governments.

During the late 1990s, Kinzer was the first New York Times bureau chief in Istanbul. He traveled widely in Turkey and in the new nations of the Caucasus and Central Asia, from Azerbaijan to Uzbekistan. He is the author of Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds, which critics praised as “spirited,” “lyrical” and “unusually candid.”

In 1997 Kinzer traveled to Iran to cover the election in which the reform-minded Mohammad Khatami was chosen president and wrote All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror. It tells the story of how the CIA overthrew the Iranian government in 1953, and traces the long-term effects of that operation. He has also written many magazine articles and is co-author of Bitter Fruit: The Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala. In 1991 he published another book, Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua.

Before Istanbul, Kinzer spent six years in Germany as chief of the New York Times bureaus in Bonn and Berlin. He covered German unification and events in other parts of Europe, including wars in the former Yugoslavia. Before that, he was the first Times bureau chief in Nicaragua covering the war and social upheaval in Central America.

Kinzer originally joined The New York Times in 1983 after several years as Latin America correspondent for The Boston Globe. Before joining the Globe he had been a newspaper columnist, a professor of journalism at Boston University, and a state government official in Massachusetts.

For his work in Latin America, Columbia University awarded Kinzer the Maria Moors Cabot gold medal in 1989. The American-Turkish Council gave him its Media Award, citing him for reporting that “offers a portrait of Turkey that is broadly defined, balanced, comprehensive and accurate.