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Mr. Anthony DePalma

Mr. Anthony DePalma

Independent author and journalist
Adjunct professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, USA

Anthony DePalma spent 22 years as a reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Times, with a primary focus on Latin America, particularly Mexico, and Cuba, but also travelled to various places such as Albania, Montenegro, Guyana, and Suriname to report. In 2001, the author published a book called “Here: A Biography of the New American Continent.” 

Anthony’s second book, “The Man Who Invented Fidel,” was published in 2006 and explored U.S.-Cuba relations. The book has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. He has also written several “Portraits of Grief” for The Times, which as a collection, won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001. Following this, the author began writing about environmental issues, concentrating on the environmental and health consequences of the 9/11 attacks. 

In 2008, Anthony left The Times to become a writer in residence at Seton Hall University, where they finished writing “The City of Dust,” a book about the aftermath of the 9/11 disaster. He is also a faculty member at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. The author has received numerous professional honors, including being a 2007 Emmy finalist for “Toxic Legacy,” a documentary, the 2009 Maria Moors Cabot Award for international reporting, and the 2010 Sigma Delta Chi award for the CNN documentary "Terror in the Dust," which was based on the author's book, "City of Dust." 

Anthony continues to write for The Times and other publications. Viking, the legendary imprint of Penguin/ Random House, has published their book on Cuba and its people, titled "The Cubans: Ordinary Lives in Extraordinary Times." Excellent reviews of the book can be found on the author's blog page.