Robert Young Pelton
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|Robert Young Pelton|
July 25, 1955 |
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Occupation||Journalist, author, filmmaker|
Robert Young Pelton (born July 25, 1955 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian-American author, journalist and documentary filmmaker. Pelton's journalistic work usually consists of conflict reporting and interviews with military and political figures in warzones. His career is notable because of the number of conflict zones he has reported from and the breadth of important figures he has interviewed. His reputation is built on his history of entering forbidden, deadly and violent places.
Pelton has been present at conflicts such as the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi in Afghanistan, the Battle of Grozny (1999-2000) in Chechnya, the rebel campaign to take Monrovia in Liberia, the siege on Villa Somalia in Mogadishu and has been with ground forces in approximately 40 other conflicts.
He spent time with the Taliban and the Northern Alliance pre 9/11, the CIA during the hunt for Bin Laden and also with both insurgents and Blackwater security contractors during the war in Iraq
Pelton's regularly published survival and political guide The World's Most Dangerous Places, purports to provide practical and survival information for people who work and travel in high risk zones, and is a bestseller. With the book's bestseller status Pelton became a self-styled expert on work and travel in "high-risk" environments. His 'adventurist' persona has gained widespread currency. However he routinely provides political 'analysis' of the conflicts he has visited. He was also host of the Discovery Travel Channel series Robert Young Pelton's The World's Most Dangerous Places from 1998 to 2003. Now residing in Los Angeles, Pelton currently writes books, produces documentaries on conflict-related subjects and operates Cultural Engagement Journeys into the World's Most Dangerous and forbidden places.
Pelton is also a frequent television and magazine interview subject, often appearing as a raconteur of his various adventures and safety tips on shows as diverse as Oprah, Conan O'Brien, CNN, Fox, BBC, ABC, CBS, NBC and others. Pelton is a regular commentator for Shepard Smith's on Fox News, providing insight and background on breaking news.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Bibliography
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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At age 17, Pelton began in the Toronto mailroom of the ad agency BBDO before being promoted to copywriter. He then worked for various multimedia companies that did product launches, which led to him working for Apple Inc. where he worked on the Macintosh launch. Pelton then began traveling and reporting from various war zones. His first break as a writer came in 1991, when he reported on the Camel Trophy, an annual competition by Land Rover across difficult terrain in Africa. Pelton competed for the U.S. team and published his account in Soldier of Fortune.
In 1993 Pelton purchased the name to the Fielding's Travel Guide from William Morrow and Company and published some traditional guides that were refocused toward younger, independent travelers.
Pelton licensed databased travel content to companies like Microsoft and IBM, selling his businesses to turn full-time to conflict coverage in the mid 1990s. He began with a two-book deal from Random House (The Adventurist and Come Back Alive), a television series from Discovery called Robert Young Pelton's The World's Most Dangerous Places and a major web event with ABC News called Dangerous Places. Pelton claims to have been the first "solo journalist".
He founded the website Dangerous Magazine at which he published his own and other writers' articles about adventure travel.
In January 2003, Pelton was on assignment for National Geographic Adventure in the Darién Gap when he and two 22-year-old travelers were abducted by the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC). The trio was held in the jungle for ten days before being released.
Pelton contributed to National Geographic Adventure as both a contributing editor and a columnist from January 2001 to 2007. In December 2007 he released an article on Blackwater Worldwide. He was involved in negotiations with the President of Equatorial Guinea regarding the early release of coup plotters Simon Mann and Nick du Toit, who had worked for Executive Outcomes in the mid-1990s. The story was documented in the May 2008 Men's Journal article "How to Stage a Coup".
In 2006 Pelton teamed up with Eason Jordan, former head of International News for CNN, and several others to launch Iraq Slogger, a clearinghouse of news and information coming out of Iraq during the Iraq War. The site was intended to aggregate articles by both foreign correspondents and Iraqi journalists as well as nonprofessionals. According to Pelton, the site had insufficient income and ceased operations in 2009.
In December 2008, Pelton travelled the Horn of Africa with both pirates and an anti-piracy crew researching the piracy and anti-piracy industry. In January 2009, Pelton resumed immersion-style coverage by going inside the U.S. Army's controversial Human Terrain System. Around that time he also spent a year as an advisor to NATO's Afghanistan commander.
- AfPax Insider
In 2008 Pelton and Jordan founded AfPax Insider, a newsgathering and research service in Afghanistan and Pakistan modeled on Iraq Slogger. The venture provided free content on its website and was partially funded by the U.S. military. Controversy arose when a Defense Department official who was operating an unauthorized spy ring allegedly diverted funds that were intended to pay AfPax. Pelton also complained that a video posted on the AfPax website was used by the U.S. military to strike insurgents in Pakistan. According to Jordan, the venture never had a "full-fledged launch" into offering a premium subscription service to private clients, and due to insufficient funding remained a free website until it became inactive in August 2009.
- Somalia Report
In 2011 Pelton created Somalia Report. With assistance from around 140 locals and western editors, Pelton provided ground coverage of al Shabaab, pirates, governments, contractors, intelligence groups and regular people on a 24/7 information website.
- Migrant Report
According to Bloomberg Businessweek, in June 2015 Pelton founded the Migrant Report to track the movement of refugees and migrants. He is quoted as saying, "So much attention has been paid to what the EU has or hasn't done [...] But while the EU has not done enough to rescue the people on these boats, they are not the ones sending migrants to their graves. That’s the ruthless gangs that run these operations, and we don’t know nearly enough about them.” Based in Malta, Migrant Report is edited by journalist Mark Micallef. The web-based news and research site has reported from Libya, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Turkey, Greece and Europe to create an ongoing focus on the global phenomena of displaced people. The venture is sponsored by the Organization for Better Security (OBS).
- The World's Most Dangerous Places
Pelton's first major writing project was his breakthrough, initially self-published, guide to conflict; The World's Most Dangerous Places. At over 1,000 pages, the book was written in the style of a travel guide, with a humorous tone. The first edition was written in 1993 and it currently is in its fifth edition.
- The Adventurist
Pelton wrote an autobiography that covered his life from birth to his departure for Chechnya in 1999. The book is a series of vignettes that come together at the end to form a powerful narrative. Publisher's Weekly reviewed the book as "Painful but crucial childhood memories are often interlaced with accounts of his defiant journeys to the world's most dangerous places."
- Come Back Alive
A real world survival guide designed to strip much of the posturing and bushcraft found in other guides. Pelton provides survival advice gleaned from his personal experiences in over a 100 countries.
- Hunter, Hammer and Heaven, Three World's Gone Mad
Hunter, Hammer and Heaven is a 2002 book on his journey into three wars in three tiny countries Chechnya, Sierra Leone and Bougainville were examples of a jihad against the Russians, a mercenary war for resources and an eco war to preserve a native lifestyle.
- Licensed to Kill, Hired Guns in the War on Terror
Pelton has written about contemporary private military contractors (Licensed to Kill, Hired Guns in the War on Terror), as well as his experiences with US Special Forces in the opening weeks in the War on Terror. Of Licensed to Kill, one reviewer summarized: "His is a journalistic story-quilt of characters engaged as private security contractors and mercenaries in a variety of settings from Afghanistan to Equatorial Guinea.... The pages turn... because Pelton’s stories are intrinsically interesting." The book was reviewed by author and filmmaker Sebastian Junger (“An incredible look into the murky and virtually impenetrable world of private military contractors . . . Pelton may well have seen the future.”) and terrorism expert Peter Bergen ("A rollicking read that takes the reader inside the murky world of military contractors—from the craggy passes of the Afghan-Pakistan border, to the extreme danger of Baghdad’s airport road, to the diamond fields of Africa. Licensed to Kill is not only a great travelogue, it also has some important things to say about the brave new world of privatized violence").
Pelton 's only novel, a fictionalized account of his early life interwoven with experiences in the Pacific Northwest, entitled Raven, as well as an autobiography entitled The Adventurist.
- Civilian Warriors
In July 2013, Pelton stated in an interview with Spy Talk's Jeff Stein that Erik Prince had come to him to fix a ghostwritten autobiography that Prince had been unsuccessfully trying to publish since February 2008 with Regnery and again in 2010 with Simon & Schuster. According to the interview, Pelton not only rewrote Prince's book, hired a fact checker to remove numerous plagiarized passages from the previous writers and dissuaded Prince from self-publishing getting Prince a one million dollar advance from Adrian Zackheim at Penguin publishing. According to the Washington Post, Prince tried to block Pelton's ownership and copyright by suing Pelton in Federal court, initially alleging Pelton had stolen his book but then and then filed urgent papers demanding that the Federal court in Virginia under presiding Judge Leonie Brinkema dismiss Prince's own case before it was brought to a jury trial. Pelton then sued Prince in Loudon County with a court case scheduled for December 2017.
- Saving South Sudan
In 2014 Pelton traveled to South Sudan with a former lost boy and documented his trip in a lengthy article to which Vice Magazine devoted its entire May issue. A documentary film entitled Saving South Sudan accompanied the article.
In late 2001, Pelton began writing feature stories for National Geographic Adventure and then continued writing a column until 2009 entitled, "Pelton's World" for National Geographic Adventure. His feature stories for National Geographic covered his journeys into Afghanistan, Iraq and Colombia.
Pelton has been profiled in numerous magazines including The World's Most Dangerous Friend by Tim Cahill in Men's Journal covering topics like Blackwater, the U.S. military Human Terrain System, South African mercenaries and American military volunteers in rebel-held Burma. He also has written about his time with Somali pirates and maritime anti-piracy security teams for Bloomberg Businessweek and security contractors in Iraq for Popular Mechanics.
In May 2014, Vice magazine release a multi media event which featured Robert Young Pelton traveling with photographer Tim Freccia and with a former Lost Boy Machot Lap Thiep to South Sudan at the height of the fighting. It was the first time in Vice's 21 year history that a single author and single photographer created an entire issue on one topic. The 130 page, 50,000 word article was also released online and in conjunction with a three-part, 40 minute documentary.
Artist Billy Tucci illustrated and wrote a 64-page illustrated novel entitled "Roll Hard" based on one of Pelton's chapters in "Licensed to Kill" The book documents the true story of a team of Blackwater misfits who must travel up and down the most dangerous road in Iraq. Pelton rode every mission with the team for a month which routinely came under attack. After Pelton left the team, they were hit by an IED with one fatality and a number wounded. Wired Magazine described it as "At a time when comics are still dominated by busty babes, zombies and superheroes wearing tights, Pelton and Tucci’s gritty, journalistic portrayal of America’s fighters-for-hire is a profound departure."
Publishers Weekly described the book "While that’s a prime setup for endless scenes of action-movie carnage, the narrative instead focuses on the men as professionals and what makes them put their lives on the line for a daily payout of around $600. It’s that spotlight on the humanity of the contractors that makes this an engaging read, and artist Tucci (Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion) turns in understated, realistic artwork that is among the finest of his career. While the role of contractors in the Iraq conflict is controversial, this gives it a human face."
Interviews by Robert Young Pelton
One of the cornerstones of Pelton's quests has been to track down, meet up with and interview some of the world's most dangerous and wanted men. In some cases his unique access on the battlefield has led to troops or insurgents bringing him to interview high-profile prisoners.
A partial list of Pelton's interviews:
- John Walker Lindh "The American Taliban" (Captured by Northern Alliance forces and rescued by Pelton)
- Al Qaeda, in both Europe and Afghanistan, documented in his book Hunter, Hammer and Heaven and his TV special on Afghanistan
- Taliban leadership in Afghanistan in their first television interview (including Mullah Omar who would only allow his voice to be recorded)
- Ahmed Shah Massoud and the Northern Alliance leadership in the Panjshir Valley
- Abdul Rashid Dostum
- Erik Prince, former owner of Blackwater USA
- "Mono Jojoy", Manuel Marulanda, Alfonso Cano and the top FARC leadership in Colombia
- Hashim Salamat leader of the MILF in the Southern Philippines
- Aleksey Galkin of the Russian GRU (captured and tortured by Chechen rebels and implicated Russia in the bombing of apartment buildings that led to the second war in Chechnya)
- Imprisoned South African mercenary Nick du toit and President Obiang of Equatorial Guinea during his attempts to free Nick from a 33-year prison sentence for attempting to overthrow the country
- The leadership of the AUC. The right wing death squads of Colombia
- The Chechen, Georgian and Turkish mafia
- Francis Ona, the self-proclaimed "King of Meekamui" on the island of Bougainville
- Leadership of LURD in Liberia
- Kamajors in Sierra Leone
- President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea
- The SPLA in Southern Sudan
- Drug organizations in Colombia and Peru
- Leadership of Communist Rebels in the Philippines
- General Bo Mya of the Karen 5th Brigade of Kawthoolei, Burma
- “Tha-U-Wa-A-Pa” or the "Father of the White Monkey", the director of Free Burma Rangers, Burma
- Asad Abdullahi aka Farah Hirsi Kulan "Booyah" One of the original three pirate "kings", Somalia
- Abdirahman Mohamud Farole, President of Puntland
- SSNA leader Riek Machar and Odorah Choul, the leader of the White Army during the taking of Malakal, South Sudan. According to Humanosphere, Pelton interviewed Machar in his bush headquarters and was present t the fall of Malakal with Tim Freccia
Interviews of Robert Young Pelton
Pelton's experience in over three dozen conflicts and independent point of view has made him a sought after and prescient commentator on conflict, the media and key historical events.
Rebel, Jihadi and Insurgent Groups
In order to gain access Pelton has spent an unusual amount of time living with, traveling with and documenting some of the world's best known insurgent groups. Some of the groups Pelton has lived with and interviewed include, the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan, the LURD in Liberia, MILF in the Southern Philippines, Bougainville Revolutionary Army, the Sudan People's Liberation Army in Southern Sudan, the Taliban in Afghanistan, the FARC and AUC in Colombia, the Chechen rebels and the Karen National Liberation Army, the Karen National Union and the Free Burma Rangers in Burma His access and interviews initially were to create The World's Most Dangerous Places. His unusual and death-defying efforts to get this access soon then morphed into his TV series and then into a series of other books and film projects.
Pelton has shown how he gets access and world exclusive interviews in his TV series The World's Most Dangerous Places for the Discovery Channel, investigating and reporting from the inside the drug business in Colombia and Peru, the mafia in Georgia and Turkey, and bounty hunting in Mexico.
Pelton executive produced and hosted seven one-hour specials for Discovery (these aired on The Travel Channel which at the time was owned by Discovery Communications) from 1998 until 2003. According to the site The World's Most Dangerous Places (which has video clips and a timeline), this was the line up of Pelton's series:
1) "The Crescent and the Cross" – first footage of a new communist rebel group on the island of Negros (New People's Army), the MILF, pirates, a Crucifixion and Pelton tracks down the most wanted man in the Philippines, the man who killed Special Forces legend Nick Rowe
3) "Home of the Brave" – A journey through America on a motorcycle to find rebels, revolutionaries and militias. Pelton visits with country & western singer Willie Nelson, Native American activist Russell Means, motorcycle icon Peter Fonda and finds an American jihadi Aukai Collins who trained in terrorist training camps run by Osama bin Laden
4) "Inside Afghanistan" – In his first post 9/11 show Pelton re-enters Afghanistan, this time he is only outside witness to war with a Special Forces team that fights on horseback with a brutal warlord, General Rashid Dostum. He is in the battle of Qali Jangi and finds an American jihadi named John Walker Lindh, introducing the world to the first American al Qaeda member ever interviewed on the battlefield
5) "Inside Liberia" – Pelton enters a little-known war in which he is surrounded by armed child soldiers in a brutal fight to the death. The rag tag LURD rebels and Pelton's group is surrounded by the violent forces of Charles Taylor. Pelton becomes close to the Small Boys Unit, a group of child soldiers, and we meet "Survival", a 5-year-old gun-toting killer who befriends Pelton.
6) "Inside Colombia" – Pelton is the first outside to interview and meets with the leaders Manuel Marulanda, Raúl Reyes, Mono Jojoy, Alfonso Cano of the deadly left wing FARC rebel group. Barely escaping being kidnapped by Mono Jojoy at a drunken party, Pelton then switches sides and searches for the right wing AUC death squads. While waiting he provides a rare inside view on the cocaine trade from growing to picking to processing the final product
7) "Kidnapped" – Pelton intended to be back from vacation to film a show about 9/11 in America but was kidnapped. His footage of the brutal kidnap is interwoven with previous trips to Grozny, Chechnya where he interviews a captured Russian spy Aleksey Galkin, then to Uganda, where a bomb explodes under the table where Pelton had been sitting an hour earlier. Pelton then spends a long bloody night in Kampala, Uganda at other bomb sites trying to save shattered victims before heading to meet the SPLA in Southern Sudan and finally Peru in which Pelton's journey inside the drug war is cut short when he is hit and seriously injured by a car while riding his motorcycle on a mountain road
Although the WMDP series under Discovery's Steve Cheskin was renewed for another 8 shows, Pelton's series of specials was cancelled by Discovery after Pelton left for Iraq. The DVD versions are available on Come Back Alive
Pelton produced "House of War" with award-winning documentary director Paul Yule to document the largest and most bloody battle in Operation Enduring Freedom, the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi. Pelton went to Iraq to cover the war for ABC Investigative and then led a search for a find of chemical tipped rockets for CBS's 60 Minutes. Pelton eventually chose to stay along the Syrian border with insurgents and later document evidence of mass graves around the country, traveling in a red Bentley previously owned by Uday Hussein.
National Geographic TV hired Pelton to go inside the world of private security contractors for the film Iraq: Guns For Hire.
His documentary for Vice was the first time the White Army had been filmed in combat and the first interview with Riek Machar and his wife after they fled to the bush. The film was part of a web event that was released with an entire issue on South Sudan and Pelton's trip published by Vice.
Pelton continues to be featured in a number of upcoming documentaries on a diverse variety of subjects that range from mercenaries, child soldiers, Private military company and conflict. They are a diverse selection including "Iraq for Sale" by Robert Greenwald, Shadow Company by Nick Bicanic, "Weapons of Mass Deception" by Danny Schechter, "Children at War" and "Bounty Hunting" by Bobby Williams as well as news documentaries and interviews by Al Jazeera, CNN, Dan Rather and many others. He currently is directing and editing a 90-minute film shot at sea focusing on the rescue of migrants at sea by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station.
Joseph Kony expedition
Migrant Offshore Aid Station
As of 2014 Pelton has been a strategic advisor to Christopher and Regina Catrambone, the founders of the Search and Rescue NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station or MOAS. In addition to advising the charity, Pelton arranged feature profile articles in Sunday Times, New York Times, Time, The Guardian, Bloomberg Businessweek, Outside and global TV coverage on board the Phoenix and Responder. Pelton also provided on the ground research on migrant conditions in camps, prisons along with in depth interviews with smugglers and mapped human trafficking networks in Libya, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Thailand and Europe.
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- Robert Young Pelton. DP Professional Strength (September 1, 2007 ed.). Collins. p. 304. ISBN 0-06-112021-9.
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- Robert Young Pelton. The Adventurist, My Life in Dangerous Places (June 19, 2001 ed.). Broadway. p. 268. ISBN 0-7679-0576-8.
- Robert Young Pelton. Hunter Hammer and Heaven, Journeys to Three World's Gone Mad (January 1, 2002 ed.). The Lyons Press. p. 320. ISBN 1-58574-416-6.
- Robert Young Pelton. Come Back Alive (June 1, 1999 ed.). Main Street Books. p. 304. ISBN 0-385-49566-8.
- Robert Young Pelton. Hired Guns (June 28, 2007 ed.). Constable and Robinson. p. 320. ISBN 1-84529-590-0.
- The Best American Travel Writing
- Best Adventure and Travel Stories
- Robert Young Pelton; Mark Bowden; Tracy Kidder; Philip Taubman. Nate Hardcastle; Clint Willis, eds. American Soldier: Stories of Special Forces from Iraq to Afghanistan (First Edition (October 27, 2002) ed.). Da Capo Press. p. 364. ISBN 1-56025-438-6.
- Boots on the Ground
- Robert Young Pelton. Fielding's Hot Spots, Travel in Harm's Way (December 1997 ed.). Fielding Worldwide. p. 256. ISBN 1-56952-166-2.
- Robert Young Pelton. Fielding's Borneo: The Adventurous Guide to the Island of Borneo Covering Brunei, Kalimantan, Sabah and Sarawak/1995 (Fielding's Borneo) (June 1995 ed.). Fielding Worldwide. p. 704. ISBN 1-56952-026-7.
- Robert Young Pelton. Three Worlds Gone Mad: Dangerous Journeys through the War Zones of Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific (First edition (December 1, 2003) ed.). The Lyons Press. p. 320. ISBN 1-59228-100-1.
- Bounty Hunters – Robert William's documentary for History Channel about high risk bounty hunters. Pelton details his experience in cross border snatch and grabs of wanted fugitives
- The Child Soldier's New Job — Interviews and footage for a film by Mads Ellesøe about the hiring of child soldiers from Sierra Leone for work in Iraq
- House of War – explores the Battle of Qali Jangi, produced by Pelton and Paul Yule
- Iraq: Guns for Hire – a National Geographic Explorer look at life and death inside the gritty world of private security contractors in Iraq, produced by Pelton
- Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers – a documentary by Robert Greenwald with footage and interviews of Pelton discussing mercenaries and contractors
- Legion of Brothers — a film by Greg Barker about the 5th Group, Army Special Forces and their work with the Afghans to overthrow the Taliban after 9/11.
- Shadow Company – A feature-length documentary by Nick Bicanic with footage and interviews of Pelton discussing mercenaries and private security contractors.
- Time Machine: Child Warriors — a History Channel documentary in which Pelton discusses his experiences in Liberia with the Small Boys Unit and other child soldiers
- Weapons of Mass Deception – Danny Schechter's look at the buildup to the Iraq War, features Pelton
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His New York Times bestseller, The World's Most Dangerous Places, is an underground classic in the CIA
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- "Akil Collins, An American Mujahideen". Robert Young Pelton. December 23, 2007. Retrieved December 27, 2007.
- "Robert Young Pelton on CNN – Life in Afghanistan". CNN. Retrieved September 2001. Check date values in:
- Groll, Elias (October 29, 2013). "So Crazy It Just Might Work". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
- "Filmmaker plans mission to track down Joseph Kony". Fox News. October 29, 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
- Bell, Stewart (November 5, 2013). "Canadian adventurer defends funding expedition to find Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony". National Post. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
- Grant, Will. "Funding the Hunt for Warlord Joseph Kony". Outside. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
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- "2017 Sundance Docs in Focus: LEGION OF BROTHERS". What Not To Doc. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
- Somalia Report Pelton's ground network news site on Somalia and piracy in the Horn of Africa
- Come Back Alive, Robert Young Pelton's website
- Black Flag Cafe, Robert Young Pelton's forum
- Come Back Alive, Robert Young Pelton's Facebook Page – Come Back Alive
- , IraqSlogger – Robert Young Pelton's news service from inside Iraq
- , NPR Interview on the Hunt for Bin Laden
- , Pelton discusses Blackwater and his experiences in Baghdad with the private security firm
- , Advice for travel writers
- , Insightful look into Pelton's motivation and cause
- , Pelton discusses fundamentalism on the Echo Chamber Project
- , Transcript of Pelton's interview with John Walker Lindh
- , Pelton's background on John Walker Lindh
- Robert Young Pelton on IMDb