Frank Viviano

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Frank Viviano (born Francesco Paolo Viviano in Detroit, Michigan in 1947) is a Sicilian-American journalist and foreign correspondent. He attended De La Salle High School in Detroit and the University of Michigan.

His journalism career began in 1977. He traveled widely from 1979-1987 for the Pacific News Service and several magazines, and from 1988-2002 as the at-large foreign correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle. He was the Chronicle's Asia correspondent until 1990 and then worked as the Paris bureau chief beginning in 1990. He covered the overthrow of Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the rise of terrorism in the Middle East and the civil war in the Balkans.

In addition to his work for the Chronicle, Viviano's articles have appeared in more than 200 newspapers and magazines internationally, including Mother Jones and National Geographic. His most recent was a story about the Kurds in National Geographic's January 2006 issue.

His books, published in 14 countries, include Dispatches from the Pacific Century (1993) and Blood Washes Blood: A True Story of Love, Murder, and Redemption Under the Sicilian Sun (2001). He is the author of five other books. He is an 8-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize, and has been named Journalist of the Year by four media and current events organizations in the United States, including the World Affairs Council and the Society of Professional Journalists.

He is now a Staff Writer on the Barga Italy-based online Barga News site [1] a columnist for KPIX CBS5 in San Francisco, [2] and a contributor to AFAR Magazine. He is a cousin to New Testament scholar and author Benedict Viviano