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Peter Bergen giving a seminar in 2007

Peter Bergen (born December 12, 1962) is a print and television journalist and author who appears as a terrorism analyst on CNN. Bergen is known for conducting the first television interview with Osama Bin Laden in 1997. He has written several books on terrorism, including Holy War, Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I Know (ISBN 0-7432-7892-5).

Mr. Bergen also participated in the CNN documentary In The Footsteps of Bin Laden, which was based on his most recent book, The Osama bin Laden I Know.[1]

In 2006, Bergen was a guest on Oprah to talk about Bin Laden and his threats against the United States.[2]



Peter Bergen was born in Minneapolis and raised in London. In 1984, he received a M.A. in Modern History from New College, Oxford.


Bergen first worked for ABC, and then for CNN.[3]

In August 2006, CNN published an article about Bergen's denial of a CIA / Bin Laden connection.[4]

Bergen is now a Professor at New York University School of Law's Center on Law and Security and a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation.[3]

He has received numerous honors for his journalism including the Edward R. Murrow Award in 1994.[3]

On July 20, 2009, Bergen was the co-author of a study entitled Guantanamo: Who Really 'Returned to the Battlefield'?.[5] The study analyzed contradictory statements from the United States Department of Defense as to how many Guantanamo captives were claimed as having "returned to supporting terrorism".


  1. ^ "Bergen Speaker Bio" (in English). Keppler Speakers. Retrieved 2008. 
  2. ^ Is there going to be another attack on the USA?
  3. ^ a b c Bergen, Peter (2001). Holy War, Inc.. Simon & Schuster. 
  4. ^ - Bergen: Bin Laden, CIA links hogwash - Aug 24, 2006
  5. ^ Peter Bergen, Katherine Tiedemann (2009-07-20). "Guantanamo: Who Really 'Returned to the Battlefield'?". New America Foundation. Archived from the original on 2010-03-11. 

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