Freelancers’ Vital Role in International Reporting: Thoughts on the Post 9/11 World

With the rise of media conglomerates, foreign news has been shoved aside.   By Nate Thayer (Published in Nieman Reports in December 2001, shortly after the terrorist attack in New York City and the start of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, now the longest war in American history) At an annual gathering of the International […]

Take Two: Ambassador Dennis Rodman returns to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

25 Years of Slam Dunk Diplomacy: Dennis Rodman & U.S.-North Korean basketball diplomacy Rodman trip comes after decades of basketball diplomacy between U.S. and North Korea as a central tool in avoiding nuclear war  by Nate Thayer March 4, 2013 (A version of this story was first published in NK News http://www.nknews.org/2013/03/slam-dunk-diplomacy/)   NBA bad […]

Why Journalists Dating Spies can be Challenging…

From the ex-Girlfriend Diaries…. By Nate Thayer June 9, 2017 This renewed brouhaha over government spies leaking classified U.S. documents to reporters reminded me (a journalist) of my ill-fated romance with a spy for the National Security Agency or NSA, otherwise known as No Such Agency, because it’s very existence is a secret even though […]

How FBI Spies Ruin the Lives of Law Abiding Americans

     By Nate Thayer June 6, 2017 For the last 26 months, I have been largely focused on investigating the broad and effectively unchecked secret police powers the U.S. government has been legally accorded in the years since the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City. Having veered off from a focus on foreign […]

Notes on Love and Courage: Thoughts on a very good man

Remembering Ivor Leclerc By Nate Thayer May 18, 2017 While perusing through my files and papers I came across a handwritten copy of an eulogy I delivered at the memorial service in May 1999 for my step father, Ivor Leclerc, held at the National Cathedral Church in Washington D.C. I found stapled to my handwritten three […]

Musings on the Excellent Name Astrid, Matt Dillon, Hollywood, & Serial Killers

A conversation with a Hollywood heart throb’s assistant Random musings on Swedish names, Pol Pot, Hollywood, and serial killers By Nate Thayer April 26, 2017 This week I was invited to attend a gala event by a Hollywood movie star. It was important and fun, to boot. But the communications swirling around before, during, and […]

“Refugee is a lovely word, easy to say. But the reality is like being buried alive”

  By Nate Thayer   April 26, 2017 “The word refugee is a beautiful word. It sounds lovely and it’s easy to say. But the reality of it is like being buried alive”—Dara Than: friend; father; human being; political refugee   Dara Than died recently. He was a good man.   I knew Dara Than […]

Combat war reporter Bill O’Reilly, Fox News, & Lies: How they abuse women & journalism

More from the Bill O’Reilly diaries of doing things he never did, seeing things he never did, in places he never was, and claiming he is something he isn’t, when he is not claiming he never did the things he did do, continued… By Nate Thayer April 21, 2017   This Bill O’Reilly soap opera, like […]

The Evolution of a Violent White Supremacist

The California Grand Dragon of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is facing a long stretch in prison after his 4th stabbing arrest By Nate Thayer April 19, 2017 William Ernest Hagen, 56, of Orange, California, the state Grand Dragon for the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, has had […]