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Jeremy Scahill
Jeremy Scahill giving a lecture at Sacramento City College on May 3, 2007
Born 1974
United States
Occupation Investigative journalist
Official website

Jeremy Scahill (born c. 1974) is an investigative journalist and author from the United States whose work focuses on global issues, most notably the use of private military companies. He is the author of the best-selling book Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, winner of a George Polk Book Award. He also serves as a correspondent for the U.S. radio and TV program Democracy Now!. He is also a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and a frequent contributor to The Nation.[1]



Until 1998, Scahill was a regular contributor to the Catholic Worker. He campaigned vigorously against US policy towards Cuba, arguing that the Helms-Burton Act "discards ... sovereignty ... and attempts to supersede International law with US law" and "creates a legal framework authorizing financial and military support for armed subversion of a sovereign nation".[2]

Scahill and colleague Amy Goodman were co-recipients of the 1998 Polk Award for their radio documentary "Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship", which investigated the Chevron Corporation's role in the killing of two Nigerian environmental activists.[3] Scahill's work appears frequently on Alternet, Commondreams, Counterpunch, Truthout,, Huffington Post and many other news sites.

Scahill has reported from post-invasion Iraq; the former Yugoslavia, where he covered the 1999 NATO bombing;[4] and from post-Katrina Louisiana.[5] He has been a vocal critic of private military contractors, particularly Blackwater Worldwide, the subject of his book, Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army.[6] The book was the focus of a two-part interview and discussion with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! in March 2007.[7] The book received numerous accolades, including the Alternet Best Book of the Year Award, a spot on the Barnes & Noble and Amazon lists of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2007, and another Polk Award. Scahill has appeared on ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, PBS’s The NewsHour, Bill Moyers Journal and is a frequent guest on other radio and TV programs in the United States.

Scahill served as an election correspondent for HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Scahill has twice testified before Congress on the U.S. government's use of mercenary forces. On 19 April 2007, Scahill was a guest on The Daily Show where Jon Stewart was critical of Scahill's book.[8] On 3 Oct 2007 Stewart then expressed some remorse for his attitude during his interview with Scahill.[9][10]


  • Scahill, Jeremy. "US Law Further Tightens Noose on Cuban People". Catholic Worker, June - July, 1997.


  1. ^ The Nation website
  2. ^ Metaphoria, August 1997, Volume 4 Nr.12, Issue 48
  3. ^ Polk Awards press release
  4. ^ Selves and Others
  5. ^ Democracy Now!
  6. ^ New York: Nation Books, 2007. ISBN 1560259795 (hardcover); revised and updated edition, 2008. ISBN 156858394X
  7. ^ part one part two
  8. ^ "April 19, 2007: Jeremy Scahill". Comedy Central. 19 April 2007.  
  9. ^ "Daily Show Host Jon Stewart Apologizes to Jeremy Scahill for Hostile Interview on Blackwater Book". Democracy Now!. 3 Oct 2007.  
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