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Tina Rosenberg

Journalist

Washington, District of Columbia

Age: 27 at time of award

Published July 1, 1987

Tina Rosenberg is a journalist with a strong sense of narrative, who investigates the dark side of humanity and asks difficult questions about guilt and responsibility. 

Rosenberg writes about political violence and how new democracies deal with the crimes of past dictatorial regimes.  She weaves in history, politics, sociology, and personal observation when describing violent events and attempts to explain why they came about.  For research on her book, Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America (1991), she lived for two years in Nicaragua and four years in Chile.  She is also the author of The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism (1995), which examines the repression and coercion experienced by citizens of Eastern Europe following the collapse of Communism.  In all her work, Rosenberg explores how otherwise normal citizens learn to live with, justify, or commit violence. 

She has written numerous articles appearing in the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, Harper’s and the Atlantic Monthly.  She has been a visiting fellow at the National Security Archive, and a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute.  Rosenberg is a member of the New York Times’ editorial board, writing foreign policy editorials. 

Rosenberg received a B.S. (1981) and an M.S. (1982) from Northwestern University.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

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