A native of New York City, Gutman majored in History at Haverford College before going on to receive a masters degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics. His journalistic career really flourished at Newsday in New York, which he joined in 1982. Gutmans work as the National Security Reporter in Washington, D.C. led to the publication of his award-winning first book, Banana Diplomacy: The Making of American Policy in Nicaragua 1981-1987 (1988). From there, Gutman covered the collapse of communism as European Bureau Chief from 1989-1994. His insightful and revelatory coverage of war crimes in the Balkans was compiled into the 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning A Witness to Genocide. Gutmans passion has not limited itself to pure journalism, as he also serves as chairman of American Universitys Crimes of War Project, a collaboration of journalists, lawyers, and scholars who seek to raise public awareness of the legal and humanitarian frameworks for armed conflict. In connection with the project, Gutman co-edited Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know (1999). Most recently, Gutman has turned his incisive analysis to American intelligence in the Middle East with his book How We Missed the Story: Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban, and the Hijacking of Afghanistan (2008).
A former senior fellow of the United States Institute of Peace and current Foreign Editor for the McClatchy Washington Bureau, Gutmans impressive experience in policy and journalism provide him with a unique and valuable perspective on these complex issues, and the Athenaeum is pleased to welcome him.
Gutnam's Athenaeum lecture is cosponsored by the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights and the Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College.