Carmen Gentile is a journalist whose work has appeared The New York Times, CNN, Esquire, TIME, and USA Today among other publications, as well as on radio and television. He has covered both the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, embedding with soldiers on the frontline. His work has also taken him to Nigeria, where he reported on the continuing unrest in the oil-rich Niger Delta. For four years, he was based in Brazil, traveling throughout the region and covering bouts of unrest in Venezuela, Bolivia and Haiti. He began his international reporting career in the late 1990s when he was based in Cairo, Egypt. In September 2010, Carmen was shot by a rocket-propelled grenade while reporting on U.S. and Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan. Following a lengthy recovery, he returned to Afghanistan and resumed embed reporting. His book Blindsided by the Taliban A Journalist’s Story of War, Trauma, Love, and Loss is the story of his injury and recovery. He is currently Editor-at-Large for Postindustrial.
The Shelf Life interview with Carmen Gentile is available here.