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Hunting for Looted Antiquities at the World's Museums

Jason Felch is an investigative reporter with the Los Angeles Times. Prior to joining the LA Times in 2004, he was a fellow at the Center for Investigative Reporting and a freelance journalist on topics such as money laundering, arms trafficking and drilling for natural gas in the Peruvian rainforest. At the LA Times, he has written on such topics as arms trafficking, forensic DNA, disaster fraud, money laundering and California’s public education system.
In 2006 Felch was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for exposing the role of the J. Paul Getty Museum and other American museums in the illegal trafficking of looted antiquities. His work has also been honored by the National Journalism Awards, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Association of Science Writers, the Education Writers Association, and the Society for Environmental Journalism.

In 2011, Felch published his first book, entitled Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum, co-written with fellow LA Times journalist Ralph Frammolino. Chasing Aphrodite has been awarded the California Book Award, the SAFE Beacon Award and the ARCA Award for Art Crime Scholarship. The book examines the scandalous revelations that the Getty – one of the world’s richest and most troubled museums – had been buying looted antiquities for decades. Chasing Aphrodite has been called a “vitally important account of how one of America’s top cultural institutions spent millions buying treasures stolen from ancient graves and then spent millions more trying to deny it.”

Felch received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Boston College and masters in journalism from U.C. Berkeley. Before entering journalism, he was a teacher and founded an after-school program in San Francisco.