Sunday, March 1, 2009

About Eric Weiner

Eric Weiner always wanted to be a foreign correspondent, getting his wish in 1993 when he became NPR's first full-time correspondent in India. Over the course of his career, he has reported from more than 30 countries, "most of them profoundly unhappy," he says. He spent time in Iraq during the Saddam Hussein era, and in Afghanistan in 2001 when the Taliban fell. As a journalist he reported on war and its results (refugees, war orphans, etc.), and in general sought out the unhappy.

He has worked as a correspondent for NPR in New York, Miami and Washington, D.C. as well. In addition to his time with NPR, he was a reporter for the New York Times and was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. He was also part of an NPR team of reporters that won the 1994 Peabody award for their investigation into the tobacco industry. He now lives in the Washington area with his wife and daughter.

He was a self-proclaimed grump (see subtitle) before writing The Geography of Bliss, but his outlook changed afterwards by accepting the simple Thai notion of "mai pen lai" which basically means, just let it go.

If you'd like to learn more about Eric Warner, check out his website.

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