Who Is Nick Turse?

author photoNick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian, essayist, the managing editor of TomDispatch.com, the co-founder of Dispatch Books, and a fellow at the Nation Institute. 

He is the author of Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam(Metropolitan Books, 2013) and several other books including The Changing Face of Empire: Special Ops, Drones, Spies, Proxy Fighters, Secret Bases, and Cyber Warfare (Dispatch Books/Haymarket Books, 2012) and The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives (Metropolitan Books, 2008).  He is also the editor of The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Verso, 2010). 

Turse has written for The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Adbusters, GOOD magazine, Le Monde Diplomatique, In These Times, Mother Jones and The Village Voice, among other print and on-line publications.  His articles have also appeared in such newspapers as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Baltimore Sun, The Chicago Tribune, The Contra-Costa Times, The Fort Worth Star Telegram, The Hartford Courant, The Indianapolis Star, The Knoxville News Sentinel, The Salt Lake Tribune, The Seattle Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Tampa Tribune, among others.

Turse was the recipient of a Ridenhour Prize at the National Press Club in April 2009 for his years-long investigation of mass civilian slaughter by U.S. troops in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta during Operation Speedy Express.  In his article for The Nation, “A My Lai a Month,” he also exposed a Pentagon-level cover-up of these crimes that was abetted by a major news magazine.  In 2009, he also received a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism from Hunter College and a MOLLY National Journalism Prize honorable mention for the same article. 

Turse is also the author of an exposé of a 1970 massacre by U.S. Marines and the co-author of a major series of articles for the Los Angeles Times on U.S. war crimes in Vietnam that was a finalist for the 2006 Tom Renner Award for Outstanding Crime Reporting from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.

Turse has a Ph.D in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University.  He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund.  He has previously been a fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and New York University’s Center for the United States and the Cold War.

A national security reporter by trade, Turse has also authored works on everything from street art to the effects of the global economic crisis on U.S. food banks and has reported from locales as diverse as street protests in New York City to a military “urban operations” conference in Washington, D.C. to rural hamlets in Southeast Asia.