Reese Erlich


“Reese Erlich is a great radio producer and a great friend.”
— Walter Cronkite

Interview on Democracy Now (archive page from which you can listen to audio of interview)

Reese Erlich’s history in journalism goes back over 40 years. He first worked as a staff writer and research editor for Ramparts, a national, investigative reporting magazine published in San Francisco from 1963 to 1975. He taught journalism at Bay Area universities for ten years and currently works as a full-time print and broadcast journalist.

His book The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of US Policy and the Middle East Crisis was published in October 2007. San Francisco Chronicle book reviewer Ruth Rosen said, “Some people are treated as pariahs when they tell the truth; later, history lauds them for their courage and convictions. Reese Erlich is one of those truth tellers.”

His book Dateline Havana: The Real Story of US Policy and the Future of Cuba, comes out from Polipoint Press on Jan. 6, 2009. Download press release.

In 2001 he produced a one-hour public radio documentary “The Struggle for Iran,” and in 2002 he produced a two-hour documentary, “The Russia Project”, both hosted by Walter Cronkite. The specials were independently distributed to more than 200 public radio stations throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. “Children of War,” hosted by Charlayne Hunter Gault, aired in 2003. The radio documentary “Reaching for Peace in the Holy Land,” hosted by Walter Cronkite aired on Public Radio International stations in 2004. “Lessons from Hiroshima 60 Years Later,” a one-hour documentary was hosted by Walter Cronkite (2005 – PRI)

He reports regularly for a variety of radio networks, including National Public Radio, CBC, ABC (Australia), Radio Deutche Welle, as well as KQED Radio News and The California Report

Erlich’s newspaper articles have appeared in 17 daily papers in the United States and around the world, including The Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, The New York Times Syndicate, Dallas Morning News, and the Chicago Tribune.

In June 2005 he traveled to Iran with Norman Solomon and Sean Penn. Erlich’s photos accompanied Penn’s five-part series about the trip that appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, and later appeared in an A&E biography of Penn.

He coauthored the book Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You with Norman Solomon (Context Books, 2003). He has had articles reprinted in two books: America’s Prisons (Greenhaven Press) and Alternative Papers (Temple University Press).

Awards and Grants:

  • 2006 Peabody Award, shared with producers of “Crossing East”, a public radio documentary describing the history of Asians in the U.S.
  • “Children of War” won a Clarion Award presented by the Association for Women in Communication and second and third place from the National Headliner Awards in the Best Documentary and War Coverage categories (2004).
  • Erlich’s article “Hidden Killers” was voted the eighth most censored story in America for 2002-3 by Project Censored at Sonoma State University.
  • The “Russia Project” won the depth reporting prize for broadcast journalism awarded by the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (2002). It also won the Bronze World Medal in the national/international news category from the New York Festivals (2002).
  • Erlich’s TV documentary “Prison Labor/Prison Blues” won second place in the Chicago International Film Festival’s investigative reporting category (1996).
  • Erlich received a fellowship from the Casey Journalism Center (2006)
  • Kaiser Family Foundation grant to report on Brazil’s successes in fighting AIDS (2005).
  • California Council for the Humanities grant to produce radio specials on class, race, and jazz (2000).

Erlich is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the Media.

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