Jeffrey St. Clair

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Jeffrey St. Clair (born 1959 in Indianapolis, Indiana)[1] is an investigative journalist, writer and editor. He was the co-editor, with Alexander Cockburn (who died in 2012), of the political newsletter CounterPunch, and a contributing editor to the monthly magazine In These Times. He has also written for The Washington Post, San Francisco Examiner, The Nation and The Progressive. His reporting focuses on the politics surrounding environmental and military issues.

St. Clair attended the American University in Washington, D.C.,[2] majoring in English and history. He has worked as an environmental organizer and writer for Friends of the Earth, Clean Water Action Project, and the Hoosier Environmental Council.

In 1990, he moved to Oregon to edit the influential environmental magazine Forest Watch, published by the libertarian economist Randal O'Toole. In 1994, he joined journalists Alexander Cockburn and Ken Silverstein on CounterPunch. He now co-edits the newsletter and the popular website.

In 1998, he published his first book, with Cockburn, Whiteout: the CIA, Drugs and the Press, a history of the CIA's ties to drug gangs from World War II to the Mujahideen and Nicaraguan Contras. This was followed by A Field Guide to Environmental Bad Guys (with James Ridgeway), Five Days that Shook the World: Seattle and Beyond, Al Gore: a User's Manual, and Been Brown So Long It Looked Like Green to Me: the Politics of Nature and Born Under a Bad Sky: Notes from the Dark Side of the Earth.

In October 2000, a month before the 2000 U.S. Presidential election, St. Clair wrote in CounterPunch magazine, "Is there a more palpable sign of the neo-liberals' mounting desperation than that they are now warning progressives and Leftists that a vote for Ralph Nader is the surest way to elect George W. Bush? This is a malicious game of threat of inflation, where Bush (a pathetic moron who resembles no one so much as our greatest president, Gerald Ford) is puffed up into Midland, Texas' own version of Saddam Hussein. It's a cynical ploy; yet, millions have fallen for it, trembling out of fear."[3]

Jeffrey St. Clair lives in Oregon City with his wife Kimberly Willson-St. Clair, a librarian.[4]



  1. ^ "Hogwash", October 29, 2006, Jeffrey St. Clair, CounterPunch, retrieved 25 April 2007
  2. ^ "Intolerable Opinions in an Age of Shock and Awe", March 21, 2004, Jeffrey St. Clair, CounterPunch, retrieved 25 April 2007
  3. ^ St. Claire, Jeffrey (October 19, 2000) "The Real Threat Is Gore, not Nader." CounterPunch.
  4. ^ The Remaking of Cataract Canyon September 3, 2006, Jeffrey St. Clair, CounterPunch, retrieved 25 April 2007

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