Reese Erlich

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Reese Erlich is a best-selling book author and freelance journalist who writes regularly for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Radio, CBS Radio, and National Public Radio. He is a Special Correspondent for GlobalPost. Erlich has won numerous journalism awards and he was a segment producer on a radio series that won a Peabody award.[1]


Erlich was born and raised in Los Angeles. In 1965 he enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, and later became active in the anti-Vietnam War movement. In October 1967 Erlich and others organized Stop the Draft Week[2] They were arrested and became known as the "Oakland Seven." In their trial they were acquitted of all charges, being successfully represented by Charles Garry.

In 1968 he first visited Cuba for the first time, which led to a continuing interest in that country that would eventually lead to a book called Dateline Havana (2009)[3]

Erlich first worked as a staff writer and research editor for Ramparts, a national investigative reporting magazine published in San Francisco from 1963 to 1975. His magazine articles have appeared in San Francisco Magazine, California Monthly, Mother Jones, The Progressive, The Nation, and AARP's Segunda Juventud.

Erlich's book, Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You, co-authored with Norman Solomon, became a best seller in 2003. His book, The Iran Agenda: the Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis, was published in October 2007 with a foreword by Robert Scheer. In a San Francisco Chronicle book review, Ruth Rosen wrote, "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."[4] Erlich's book "Dateline Havana: The Real Story of US Policy and the Future of Cuba" came out in January 2009. Erlich worked with Walter Cronkite on four public radio documentaries. Cronkite has written, "Reese Erlich is a great radio producer and a great friend."[5]

Since 1995, Erlich has produced Jazz Perspectives for public radio stations and online through Jazz Perspectives are produced features profiling jazz, blues and Latin musicians.

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


Major radio documentaries[edit]

  • "Inside Syria," 50-minute radio documentary with a first hand report on the Syrian uprising, which aired on the Australian Broadcasting Corp. program 360.[7]
  • "Who Won the Egyptian Revolution?" Making Contact Radio, ref<>
  • "Lessons from Hiroshima 60 Years Later," one-hour radio documentary hosted by Walter Cronkite and distributed by Public Radio International.
  • "Security Check: Confronting Today's Global Threats," 10-minute segment on drugs and small arms in Colombia.
  • "Reaching for Peace in the Holy Land," a half-hour documentary hosted by Walter Cronkite and distributed by Public Radio International.
  • "Children of War: Fighting, Dying, Surviving," a one-hour documentary hosted by Charlayne Hunter-Gault and distributed to over 200 public radio stations in the US, Canada and Australia.
  • "The Russia Project," a two-hour documentary hosted by Walter Cronkite, distributed to over 200 public radio stations.
  • "The Iran Project," a one-hour documentary hosted by Walter Cronkite, distributed to 170 public radio stations.
  • Produced two, one-hour documentaries on the life of Louis Armstrong as part of the Louis Armstrong Centennial Radio Project airing on NPR.
  • One hour documentary on the life of Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés for NPR's Jazz Profiles.
  • One hour documentary on the life of guitarist Jim Hall for NPR's Jazz Profiles.
  • One hour documentary on the life of Buddy Collette for NPR's Jazz Profiles.

Journalism awards[edit]


  1. ^ "The Peabody Awards". The Peabody Awards. Retrieved 2009-03-19.  "Crossing East" was a radio series about Asian immigration to the United States, which won a Peabody in 2006. Erlich was one of 15 writers and segment producers affiliated with the project. See also: Crossing East website
  2. ^ "A Day in the Life of an Oakland Seven" by Reese Erlich, The Realist, December, 1968
  3. ^ Book TV broadcast about Dateline Havana BookTV website, program can be viewed online
  4. ^ Rosen, Ruth (2007-10-19). "Review: What's fueled the US-Iran war of words". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  5. ^ "Book Event: 'Dateline Havana'". Institute for Policy Studies. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  6. ^ Publishers Weekly review published on Amazon
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  10. ^ Vanity Fair

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