Donatella Lorch has been a reporter and correspondent for more than twenty years and has covered wars and conflicts in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe for The New York Times, NBC News and Newsweek. Her writing has been praised for humanizing the cost and politics of war and giving a face not only to the fighters but to affected civilians as well. She has won awards for her reporting on Afghanistan and the Rwanda genocide as well as for her coverage of massive refugee migrations that have torn apart families and transplanted cultures. For two years, she was the director of the Knight International Press Fellowship, a program funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation which sends American reporters abroad to share the best practices of journalism. She was the reporter for Explorer: Inside Guantanamo, a National Geographic Television documentary on the American detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This film has been nominated for two Emmy awards. While living in Kenya, she reported, wrote, produced and narrated short documentaries for the World Bank and U.N. agencies.
With the U.S. Marines in the
Kuwaiti Desert/Gulf War.