Last updated on: 4/4/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

David Rohde Biography

Title:
Investigative Reporter for Thomson Reuters and Contributing Editor at The Atlantic
Position:
Con to the question "Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?"
Reasoning:

“[T]the administration’s excessive use of drone attacks undercuts one of its most laudable policies: a promising new post-9/11 approach to the use of lethal American force, one of multilateralism, transparency and narrow focus…

From Pakistan to Yemen to post-American Iraq, drones often spark deep resentment where they operate. When they do attack, they kill as brutally as any weapon of war. The administration’s practice of classifying the strikes as secret only exacerbates local anger and suspicion. Under Obama, drone strikes have become too frequent, too unilateral, and too much associated with the heavy-handed use of American power.”

“How Obama’s Drone War Is Backfiring,” reuters.com, Mar. 1, 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Investigative Reporter, Thomson Reuters, 2011-present
  • Contributing Editor, The Atlantic, 2011-present
  • Investigative Reporter, New York Times, 2005-2011
  • Co-Chief, South Asia Bureau, New York Times, 2002-2005
  • Foreign Correspondent, New York Times, 2001
  • Metropolitan News Reporter, New York Times, 1996-2000
  • Roving National Correspondent and Eastern Europe Correspondent, Sarajevo and Zagreb, Christian Science Monitor, 1994-1996
  • Suburban Correspondent, Philadelphia Inquirer, 1993-1994
  • Production Associate, New Turning Point, ABC Television, 1992-1993
  • Production Secretary, World News Tonight, ABC Television, 1990-1991
Education:
  • BA, History, Brown University, 1990
  • Attended Bates College from 1985-1987
Other:
  • Recipient, Michael Kelly Award, Atlantic Media Company, 2010
  • Received an honorary doctorate from Brown University in 2010
  • Shared the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for the New York Times’ coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for his reporting on the Bosnian war
  • Rohde was the first reporter to discover mass graves in Srebrenica during the Bosnian war.
  • Recipient, George Polk Memorial Award, Long Island University, 1996
  • Recipient, Overseas Press Club Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, Livingston Award for Young Journalists, Paul Tobenkin Award for Human Rights Reporting
  • Kidnapped by members of the Taliban from Nov. 2008 – June 2009
  • Married to Kristen Mulvihill, a picture editor for Cosmopolitan
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?