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Eric Pape

contributing writer/Paris, Newsweek

Pape was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his master’s from City University in London. He started his full-time career as a journalist in 1996 in Cambodia covering dictatorship and democracy issues for the Cambodia Daily and Phnom Penh Post. In 1998, he returned to the U.S. and worked for more than a dozen news organizations as a freelance investigative reporter and became a long-format contributor to the Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine focusing on immigrant exile issues, including opposition to dictatorship, genocide, and the origins of extremism. His writings for magazines like Spin and Vibe dealt with the nexus of war/urban strife and pop culture, in the form of rap rock music, cinema and style. In 2003, after writing about the war crimes tribunal in Freetown, Sierra Leone for Newsweek, he was hired full-time into their Paris bureau as a regular contributor and special correspondent. His focus is on Western Europe and much of Africa, covering everything from politics, terrorism, and technology to wine, mercenaries, and film. He has also worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bolivia and Lebanon.

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