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Roy Gutman (born March 5, 1944, New York Citymarker) is an American journalist and author.

Gutman graduated from Haverford Collegemarker, in 1966, majoring in History, and from London School of Economicsmarker in 1968 with a masters degree in International Relations.

Roy Gutman joined Newsday in January 1982 and served for eight years as National Security Reporter in Washingtonmarker. While European Bureau Chief, from late 1989 to 1994, he reported the downfall of the Polishmarker, East Germanmarker, and Czechoslovakmarker regimes, the opening of the Berlin Wallmarker, the unification of Germanymarker, the first democratic elections in the former Eastern Bloc, and the violent disintegration of Yugoslavia. He is currently the Foreign Editor for McClatchy Newspapers in D.C.marker.

Gutman's honors include the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting, and a special Human Rights in Media Award from the International League for Human Rights. While diplomatic correspondent at Newsweek, he shared the Edgar Allan Poe award of the White House correspondents association.

Gutman was previously employed by Reuters news agency, serving in Bonnmarker, Viennamarker, Belgrademarker, Londonmarker, and Washington. He served as Bureau Chief for Europe, State Departmentmarker Correspondent, and Chief Capitol Hillmarker Reporter. He has been a Jennings Randolph senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace.

In 1988, Simon & Schuster published his book, Banana Diplomacy: The Making of American Policy in Nicaragua 1981-1987. The New York Times named it one of the best 200 books of the year, and the (London) Times Literary Supplement designated it the best American book of the year. Macmillan published A Witness to Genocide in 1993, and the U.S. Institute of Peace published [[How We Missed the Story: Osama bin Laden, the Taliban. and the Hijacking of Afghanistan" in 2008.

Gutman is the chairman of the Crimes of War Project, an attempt to bring together reporters and legal scholars to increase awareness of the laws of war. His pocket guide to war crimes, Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know, co-edited with David Rieff, was published by W.W. Norton in 1999, with a second edition in 2007. He was named one of "50 visionaries who are changing your world" by the Utne Reader in Nov.-Dec. 2008


Within the book Media Cleansing: Dirty Reporting Journalism & Tragedy in Yugoslavia, Roy Gutman is criticised extensively, accused of journalistic malpractice by its author Peter Brock. Retired New York Times reporter David Binder has stated the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, awarded to both Roy Gutman and John F Burns, "should, in all fairness and honesty, be revoked".

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