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Regular contributor, special correspondent, Newsweek, Paris – since 2003
Wrote, rewrote and reported breaking news stories on politics, culture, terrorism, international aid, technology, diplomacy, and wine. Collaborated on broad analyses of immigration, integration, climate change, the evolution of the European Union, and French politics for the magazine, its website, and a blog. Reported on mass protests and riots in Paris, war in Lebanon, starvation, the Madrid train bombings, and an internecine Mafia power struggle. Overall duties have included conceptualizing hundreds of stories, guiding reporters on the ground, and writing articles in magazine style on strict daily or weekly deadlines. Interviews have included everyone from former Beirut hostage Terry Waite and anti-globalization activist JosŽ BovŽ to intellectual Bernard-Henri LŽvy and Dominique de Villepin, the former prime minister.
Investigative journalist and feature writer – since 1996
Contributed long format narrative feature and investigative articles to The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, general interest magazines like Spin and Vibe, as well as Le Courrier International, Salon, Legal Affairs, Mother Jones, Los Angeles magazine, and many others. Previously wrote for several newspapers and the AFP. In-depth writings have focused on the roots of terrorism, the ethical quandaries of lawyers, ethnic communities, culture, exile, the 9/11 attacks, and pop culture. (Articles at: www.garella.com/rich/eric/clips.htm.)
Radio and television analyst/commentator – since 1997
Acted as commentator or analyst for CNN and CNN International, the New York Times Magazine, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, Public Radio International, MSNBC, KCRW (Santa Monica), WJR/Mitch Albom (Detroit), Fox News, the BBC, Air America, France 24, France Inter, Europe 1, Europe 2, BFM, Radio France Internationale, TGV Magazine, and many others.
Associate editor and investigative staff reporter, Cambodia (1996-1998)
Worked as associate editor at the Cambodia Daily, and as in-depth investigative reporter for the Phnom Penh Post. Developed story ideas with teams of reporters, edited and guided them toward publication as part of broad orchestration of coverage. Wrote hundreds of stories focusing on politics, international efforts to promote a state of law, and human rights for influential regional readership that included aid organizations, embassies, and politicians.
Public Interest Investigations, USA – 1995
Investigated civil rights abuse allegations around the US and wrote in-depth reports on tight deadlines for the U.S. Department of Justice.
H™pital Tenon, Paris – 1994
Translated medical writings on physical and mental illnesses from French to English and edited articles for publication in medical journals.
Centro de Documentacion e Informacion de Bolivia, Cochabamba – 1993
Wrote articles on traditional agriculture, the drug trade, and the US Òwar on drugsÓ for the monthly magazine 30 Dias. Worked alongside Evo Morales, the current president.
John S. Knight Fellow in Journalism, Stanford University (2007-2008)
Conceptualized, researched, and co-authored the journalistic graphic novel, Shake Girl. (http://www.stanford.edu/group/cwstudents/shakegirl/about.html -- 2009 release.)
Selected Best Music Writing 2008 Anthology, Da Capo (article on the relationship between music and power in Kinshasa, DRC)
Special Mention, Best Music Writing 2005 Anthology, Da Capo (article ÒShook Ones,Ó on former child soldiers in Sierra Leone)
Heinrich Boell grant for Research on Cambodian civil society (1999)
MA, International Journalism, City University, London (1996)
BA, Creative Writing (with commendation), U.C. Santa Cruz (1992)
Lived and worked in France, Spain, Britain, Cambodia, Mexico City, Bolivia, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Wrote and reported from north, west, and central Africa, the Middle East, the South Caucasus, throughout Latin America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America.
Fluent French and Spanish, working understanding of Portuguese and Italian.