Dahr Jamail

Dahr Jamail - HRE Conference 2019

Dahr Jamail is an award-winning journalist and mountaineer who reports on human-caused climate disruption and the environment for Truthout. Prior to joining the climate beat, he was one of the few unembedded journalists to report extensively from Iraq during the occupation following the 2003 Invasion of that country. His reporting and consequent books would garner praise from Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept, who declared him "the conscience of American war reporting" and Howard Zinn who called Jamail "a superb journalist, in the most honorable tradition of the craft." He would report from Iraq and other places in the Middle East—including Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan—for over ten years. Prior to becoming a journalist, Jamail worked as a mountain guide and volunteer rescuer with the National Park Service at Denali National Park in Alaska. He has summited Denali multiple times and his climbs include summits in Argentina, Pakistan, and Mexico among others. Jamail is the author of The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan (Haymarket, 2009), and Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq (Haymarket, 2007). His stories have been published with Truthout, The Guardian, The Independent, Foreign Policy in Focus, Tom Dispatch, The Huffington Post, The Nation, and Al Jazeera, among others. He is a frequent guest on Democracy Now! and has appeared on BBC and NPR, among numerous other outlets. Jamail was awarded the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Investigative Journalism in 2007 for his work in Iraq, and in 2018 won an Izzy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Media for his reporting on climate disruption.

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