Global Americans and the Canadian Council for the Americas present “Two Gringos with Questions,” an interview series featuring political and cultural leaders from across the Americas. In the 21 episode, Chris and Ken speak to Jon Lee Anderson, investigative reporter and staff writer for The New Yorker.
Anderson began contributing to The New Yorker in 1998, reporting from war zones such as Afghanistan, El Salvador, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Uganda, and throughout the Middle East. He frequently reports on Latin America and the Caribbean, writing about Rio de Janeiro’s gangs, the Panama Canal, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, among other subjects, and has written profiles of Augusto Pinochet, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, and Gabriel García Márquez.
Anderson has also written for The New York Times, Harper’s, Life, and The Nation. He began his career in 1979, reporting for the Lima Times in Lima, Peru. Anderson regularly teaches workshops for reporters in Latin America.
He is the author of several books, including “The Lion’s Grave: Dispatches from Afghanistan,” “Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life,” “Guerrillas: Journeys in the Insurgent World,” and “The Fall of Baghdad.” He is the co-author, with Scott Anderson, of “War Zones: Voices from the World’s Killing Grounds” and “Inside the League.” He has been honored by the Overseas Press Club, and in 2013 was honored with a Maria Moors Cabot Prize for outstanding reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean.
Hosts Chris and Ken speak to Jon Lee about National Security Advisor John Bolton’s recent firing, its effect on the administration’s foreign policy in Venezuela and the future of journalism in Latin America.