Greg Campbell (author)

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Greg Campbell
Born July 7, 1970
Yeadon, Pennsylvania USA
Occupation Journalist, author,

Greg Campbell (born July 7, 1970) is an award-winning American journalist and nonfiction author who lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife and son.


Campbell graduated from Terry Sanford High School in 1988.[1] Campbell then studied English and journalism at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and University of Colorado at Boulder.

He began his journalism career in 1995 as a freelance writer at the Boulder Weekly. Campbell then became a full time reporter and eventually the editor in chief. As a reporter, Campbell covered the reunification of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War.

In 1999 Campbell worked at the Longmont Times-Call as a business editor and special projects reporter. He left the paper in 2001.

Campbell co-founded the Fort Collins Weekly in 2002, a free weekly local newspaper that was distributed in Fort Collins, Colorado. It was bought by Swift Communications in 2007 and changed to Fort Collins Now. Campbell left in 2009 to continue his career as a freelance writer.

Campbell's freelance work has been published in The Atlantic, The Economist, USA Today, WSJ Magazine, The Guardian, Salon, Paris Match,, Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, The Daily Beast, World Policy Journal, Lonely Planet and Foreign Policy.[2]

Work in Kosovo[edit]

Campbell traveled on assignment in 1996 for the Boulder Weekly to the Balkans to cover the reunification of Sarajevo.

His work led to his first book, "The Road to Kosovo: A Balkan Diary" in 1998/1999, about the Balkan War published by Westview Press . "The Road to Kosovo" was a finalist for the Colorado Nonfiction Book of the Year for 1999.[3]

Blood Diamonds[edit]

In 2001, Campbell traveled to Sierra Leone to conduct research for his next book about blood diamonds. "Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones", was published by Basic in 2002 and then released an updated version in 2012.

"Blood Diamonds" won the Colorado Non-Fiction Book of the year award in 2002.[4] The book also served as the basis for the 2006 film Blood Diamond starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Honsou.[5][6]


Campbell (along with Scott Selby) wrote "Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History", a chronicle of one of the world's largest diamond heists from The Diamond District in Antwerp, Belgium. The book was published by Union Square Press in 2010.[7]

Flawless was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award in 2011.[8]

Pot, Inc.[edit]

In 2012, Sterling published "Pot, Inc.: Inside Medical Marijuana, America's Most Outlaw Industry". The book is a mix of a first-person journey into the world of medical marijuana and a discussion of marijuana cultivation, ethics, politics, and legality in the United States.[9]

Hondros: A Life in Frames[edit]

Campbell launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2013 to produce a documentary named Hondros: A Life in Frames.[10] The project was launched with an initial goal of $30,000.00 and became fully funded within three days with a total of $89,639.00 raised by the end.[11][12]

Campbell met photojournalist and his best friend Chris Hondros in high school.[1][11] April 20, 2011, Hondros was fatally wounded in a mortar attack by government forces in Misrata while covering the 2011 Libyan civil war. After Hondros' death, Campbell was contacted by Liberian Joseph Duo that was the subject of his most famous photographs.[12] Campbell learned that Hondros had returned to Liberia to help Duo earn his high school, college, and eventually law school education.[12]

The film will be narrated by actress Jamie Lee Curtis.[1] Curtis also assisted Campbell in finding the first significant funding for the project from the Annenberg Foundation.[1]

In August 2013 the project received enough votes to become Indiewire's "Project of the month".[13]


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