A War Correspondents Thank You Letter to John McCain

A letter to Senator John McCain, now in hospital with a grave illness, on how his service to his country has impacted me: Dear Senator McCain: My name is Nate Thayer and we met several times when I was an Associated Press correspondent and the Southeast Asian correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review based […]

Trump Beats Up an Iconic American War Photographer

Trump’s assault on the Free Press By Nate Thayer March 1, 2016 Donald Trump beat up an icon of the Free Press today, and Trump should hang his head in embarrassment and shame. And America should be outraged. Christopher Morris, who has spent decades risking his life documenting the very dangerous reality in most every […]

Why not to bloviate when you aren’t a war hero: How O’Reilly doesn’t factor

Under Fire: A comparative study of the not-war-hero, me, and my anti-doppelgänger Bill O’Reilly: How to actually get shot at and not be an idiot By Nate Thayer February 20, 2014 O’Reilly interviews a Boston Globe photographer who was at the finish line when the Boston Marathon bombs were detonated (well sort of because he doesn’t let […]

Journalists say they prefer risk of beheading in Syria than reporting Ebola

U.S. Journalist with Ebola Highlights Special Terror Reporters Face Covering Disease Pandemic By Nate Thayer October 6, 2014 An American journalist stricken with the Ebola virus in Liberia has highlighted the unique dangers faced by reporters covering the rapidly growing disease pandemic, many of whom say they feel safer covering the wars in Syria where […]

FBI documents: American spy Hemingway’s excellent adventure in Cuba

FBI Documents: Hemingway ran U.S. funded rogue spy operation in Cuba, greatly annoying J. Edgar Hoover Larger than life novelist charmed his way into WW2 spy operation in Cuba while fishing for Marlin, insulting, marginalizing Hoover’s FBI By Nate Thayer August 31, 2014   Earnest Hemingway was a secret spy for the United States in […]

Kabul Job Opening, U.S. Hiring News Photog, Blames Afghan Corruption on “Negative Media Pics”

U.S. Job Opening for News Photogs, Picture Propagandist: U.S. Blames Afghan Corruption on Photographers for “Negative” and “Misleading” Pics U.S. Agency for International Development Says it “Can’t Compete”, Posts Job Opening to Address Charges of Corruption in Afghanistan  (Updated at 1800 hours EST with responses from the United States Agency for International Development) Nate Thayer February […]

Why Journalism is Better than a Real Job: Excerpts from Sympathy for the Devil

Why Journalism is Better than a Real Job: Excerpts from Sympathy for the Devil Sympathy for the Devil: A Journalist’s Memoir From Inside Pol Pot’s Cambodia (Copyright Nate Thayer. No publication or distribution in whole or part without express prior written permission from the author) Please consider donating to support the publication of Sympathy for […]

Why You Want To Avoid Getting Blown Up By A Landmine: From ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ By Nate Thayer

What Happens When Your Ride Disintigrates After Being Blown Up by Anti-Tank Landmines By Nate Thayer These photos were taken of the truck I was riding in after it drove over two Chinese anti-tank mines, in northwest Cambodia, in October 1989. I was sitting in the front seat of Russian Zil 2 1/2 ton military […]

A Reporter’s Trek Through Cambodian Minefields, Pursued By Soldiers

A Trek Through Minefields, Pursued By Soldiers From my files: News articles I am digitally archiving here on this blog site. This story was written in 1990 after a many weeks walk deep through the jungle with Cambodian guerrillas. It was the first independent confirmation of guerrilla claims of advances made during the then 11-year […]

The Private Letters of a Foreign Correspondent: Communicating With the Khmer Rouge; CIA Spy Accusations; Nomination for a Pulitzer Prize

Select Private Correspondence from the Files of a Foreign Correspondent:  By Nate Thayer I have been doing some tinkering and final revisions and editing of my upcoming book Sympathy for the Devil: A Journalist’s memoir from Inside Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge  and have been distracted as I sort out old papers, correspondence, raw notes, and files, many which have […]

One Can Never be too Vigilant in the Defence of a Free Press

The Tools of the Trade–Journalism Cambodia Style–1990’s Covering the Cambodia debacle in the 1980’s and 1990’s was an assignment fraught with danger and intrigue. The Khmer Rouge had executed more than 4 dozen foreigners–the vast majority journalists. Their primary opposition, the Vietnamese backed and installed government of Hun Sen, has summarily targeted and murdered dozens […]

ABC News and Ted Koppel owe an apology for soiling the integrity of freelancers and the institution of journalism

Mr. Koppel, you owe an apology to the institution of journalism for soiling its integrity. By Nate Thayer December 12, 2013 Well, Mr. Ted Koppel, I, for one, would like to hear your response to my contention you pimped your reputation for integrity to ABC News/Disney Corporation in order to steal the life work of […]