As a writer and correspondent I have barbequed with the Latin Kings street gang, shared tea and almonds with a sponsor of the Taliban, and chewed knotty stroganoff in the crumbling desert palace of a fading Maharaja. (“There is only one explanation for the rapid expansion of the British Empire,’’ he told me, pointing with a manicured finger to his dining room’s cracked and vaulted ceiling. “Divine providence.’’ A jungle’s worth of tatty stuffed tigers looked on dubiously.)
I was at Newsday’s New York City edition for seven years covering the bombast of the Rudolph Giuliani era. I later moved to South Asia, where my topics ranged from militancy in Pakistan and Afghanistan to the dying art of the hand-painted Bollywood movie poster. I reported from Egypt, Sudan, Uganda and Libya between 2005 and 2008, covering the conflict in Darfur, the looming struggle for oil in southern Sudan, Libya’s bizarre attempt at glasnost, and the effects of climate change on the Nile ecosystem.
During that time I traveled down the length of the White Nile, from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean Sea, through the entirely of Uganda, Sudan and Egypt. That six-month journey is the basis for my first book, The Viking Press and Penguin Books.which was published by the good people at
I am back in South Asia now, where I report on science and the environment for National Geographic News, a website of the National Geographic Society, and research my next nonfiction book.
That’s where it’s at. I hope you’ll come to my website for interesting posts about Africa, India, Bangladesh, books, the media and my hometown New York City.