John Dinges

John Dinges

Senior advisor-investigative & broadcast journalism.

John Dinges, is a journalist and author who has reported widely in Latin America. He was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot gold medal for excellence in reporting on Inter American relations. He is the Cabot Professor of International Journalism Emeritus of Columbia University where he headed the radio broadcast and international reporting workshops since 1996. He served as managing editor and international editor of National Public Radio News, where he was named in two DuPont-Columbia broadcasting awards (gold and silver batons). For the Washington Post, he was special correspondent in South and Central America, and an assistant editor on the foreign desk. He was a freelance correspondent (stringer) in Chile for Time, ABC Radio and other publications from 1972-1978, at the time of the military coup and for the first five years of the Pinochet dictatorship. He is founder or co-founder of three publications in Chile, including APSI, CIPERChile.cl and ArchivosChile.org. He currently writes for Latin American and US publications, including Retro Report, Caretas (Lima), The Clinic (Chile) and Newsweek.

He is the author, most recently, of “The Condor Years: How Pinochet and his Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents” (The New Press 2004). His other books include “Assassination on Embassy Row” (1980), “Our Man in Panama: The Shrewd Rise and Brutal Fall of Manuel Noriega” (1990), “Sound Reporting: The National Public Radio Guide to Radio Journalism and Production” (as co-editor and co-author) (1992), and “Independence and Integrity: A Guidebook for Public Radio Journalism” (co-editor) (1995).

Dinges serves as a senior advisor to MERSA Media Institute on curriculum design for investigative and broadcast journalism.