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Tom Gjelten

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TOM GJELTEN is a correspondent for NPR. Over the years, he has reported extensively from Europe and Latin America, including Cuba. He was reporting live from the Pentagon when it was attacked on September 11, 2001. Subsequently, he covered the war in Afghanistan and Iraq invasion as NPR's lead Pentagon correspondent. Gjelten also covered the first Gulf War and the wars in Croatia and Bosnia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Colombia. From Berlin (1990–1994), he covered Europe’s political and economic transition after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Gjelten’s series From Marx to Markets, documenting Eastern Europe’s transition to a market economy, earned him an Overseas Press Club award for the the Best Business or Economic Reporting in Radio or TV. His reporting from Bosnia earned him a second Overseas Press Club Award, a George Polk Award, and a Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award. Gjelten’s books include Sarajevo Daily: A City and Its Newspaper Under Siege, which the New York Times called “a chilling portrayal of a city’s slow murder.” His 2008 book, Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause, was selected as a New York Times Notable Nonfiction Book.