Aram Roston

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Aram Roston
Alma materColumbia University (1988)[1]
OccupationInvestigative journalist

Aram Roston is an American investigative journalist, and author of The Man Who Pushed America to War: The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi[2][3] He is a correspondent for BuzzFeed News.

He has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, GQ, Mother Jones, The Nation, "Playboy Magazine,"The Guardian, The Observer, New Statesman and other publications.[4]

In 2010, Roston was awarded the Daniel Pearl Award by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, for a story called "How the US Funds the Taliban." The expose, which ran in November 2009 in The Nation Magazine, sparked a congressional investigation, and disclosed how a web of Pentagon contractors in Afghanistan routinely pay millions of dollars in protection money to the Taliban. The Daniel Pearl Award is named after the Wall Street Journal correspondent murdered in 2002 in Pakistan and recognizes outstanding international investigative journalism.[5]

In 2016 Roston and his colleague Jeremy Singer-Vine were awarded the Scripps Howard investigative journalism Farfel Award for a BuzzFeed News story called "Fostering Profits," exposing abuses and deaths at the largest for-profit foster care company in the United States, The Mentor Network.[6] The series sparked a U.S. Senate investigation.[7]

Other journalism awards include a 2011 Investigative Reporters and Editors prize, two Emmy awards for investigative business reporting, and a merit award from the Society of Silurians.

He was a correspondent for CNN from 1998 through 2001, a producer for the investigative unit at NBC Nightly News from 2003 through 2008, Newsweek in 2011 and 2012, and a police reporter for NY1 News in New York City, and has reported from around the world, including assignments in Iraq, Colombia, Liberia and Afghanistan.


  • The Man Who Pushed America to War: The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi, Nation Books (2008) ISBN 978-1-56858-353-2, (2009) ISBN 978-1-56858-415-7
  • Meet the 'Prince of Marbella' - is he really supporting Iraq's insurgency?, Aram Roston, The Guardian, October 1, 2006
  • Crossing Jordan: Iraq fuel deal sparks lawsuit, Aram Roston, investigative producer NBC News, June 18, 2008
  • Former Iraq security contractors say firm bought black market weapons, T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, and Aram Roston, September 18, 2009
  • How the US army protects its trucks – by paying the Taliban, Aram Roston, The Guardian, November 13, 2009


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