PETER EISNER, an award-winning veteran foreign correspondent, has been an editor and reporter at the Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated Press. Eisner was correspondent and consulting producer at the PBS programs Newshour Weekend and World Focus and was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award in 2010.
Eisner served as deputy foreign editor and Washington, D.C, political editor with the Washington Post from 2003-2007. Prior to that he was foreign editor and senior foreign correspondent of Newsday, and received the InterAmerican Press Association Award for distinguished reporting on drug trafficking in Latin America. He was a bureau chief and correspondent for The Associated Press in the United States and Latin America. In 1994, he founded NewsCom, http://www.newscom.com, an online international news and photo transmission agency, now owned by The Chicago Tribune.
From 1999 to 2001, Eisner was the managing director of the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington-based watchdog organization. There he founded an online publication, publicI.org, which won national investigative reporting awards its first year of existence. He was an early member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
His book, MACARTHUR’S SPIES, is a non-fiction account of guerrillas and the American underground in Japanese occupied Manila during World War Two. He is also co-author with Phillip Brenner of the forthcoming Cuba Libre: A 500-Year Quest for Independence (ROWMAN AND LITTLEFIELD).
Eisner’s 2013 book, THE POPE’S LAST CRUSADE (William Morrow), reveals the story of the lesser-known Pope Pius XI, who served before World War Two and engaged an American Jesuit journalist to help him oppose Hitler, Mussolini and anti-Semitism. The book was a History Book Club and Catholic Book Club monthly selection. His 2004 book, THE FREEDOM LINE, which won the Christopher Award, is the story of young resistance workers in occupied Europe who rescued downed Allied fighter pilots during World War II.
His other books include THE ITALIAN LETTER, with co-author Knut Royce, which traces fraudulent U.S. intelligence prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq; and America’s Prisoner, the memoirs of Manuel Antonio Noriega.