Who is David Rohde - NY Times reporter?June 21st, 2009 - 3:27 am ICT by John Le Fevre
David Stephenson Rohde is a 41-year-old American investigative journalist for The New York Times.
He was kidnapped by the Taliban outside Kabul, Afghanistan in November 2008, along with a local reporter, Tahir Ludin, and their driver, Asadullah Mangal, while researching a book about the history of American involvement there.
Rohde and Ludin managed to escape on June 19, 2009 after seven months in captivity by climbing over the wall of a compound where they were being held in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan.
They found a Pakistani Army scout who led them to a nearby army base, and on Saturday they were flown to the American military base in Bagram, Afghanistan.
Born in 1967, Rhodes graduated from Brown University, a private, Ivy League university in Providence, Rhode Island, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990.
Prior to joining The Times, he worked for The Christian Science Monitor, where he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for his coverage of the Srebrenica massacre.
His work exposed the slaughter of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the region of Srebrenica, and was hailed as some of the finest reporting on human rights abuses ever.
At The New York Times, he has written about peacekeeping efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, and he reported on the hardships endured by men who had been detained and released from the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
He has worked for ABC News and ABC World News Tonight Associated Press and as a freelance journalist.
From July 2002 to December 2004, he was co-chief of the New York Times’s South Asia bureau, based in New Delhi.
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