Anthony DePalma


Anthony DePalma spent 22 years as a reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Timesserving as Bureau Chief in Mexico and Canada. In 2001 he published “Here: A Biography of the New American Continent,” which was re-released as an e-book in 2014. He has focused his journalism on Latin America, especially Mexico and Cuba, but he has also travelled widely and reported from places as diverse as Albania, Montenegro, Guyana and Suriname.

His second book, published in 2006, was “The Man Who Invented Fidel,” about the rise of Fidel Castro and the impact that journalism has had on U.S.-Cuba relations. The book has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, and the film rights were purchased by Moxie Pictures. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attack, he wrote many of the Portraits of Grief articles that won a Pulitzer for The Times in 2001.

He left The Times in 2008 to become writer-in-residence at Seton Hall University, where he completed his latest book, “City of Dust,” about the environmental and health crises that followed 9/11. The book was the basis of a CNN documentary “Terror in the Dust,” which won the Society of Professional Journalists’ award for best documentary in 2011.

DePalma also is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Among his many professional recognitions are a 2007 Emmy finalist for “Toxic Legacy,” a documentary co-production of The New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. In 2009, Columbia University awarded him the Maria Moors Cabot Award for distinguished international reporting. He has been named a media fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a visiting scholar at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

He continues to write and lecture about Latin America and the environment, while also reporting on many other subjects.

Published Work


“City of Dust: Illness, Arrogance and 9/11”, FT/ Pearson, N.Y. 2010


“The Man Who Invented Fidel”, Public Affairs, N.Y. (Translations in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese) 2006


“Class Matters” Times Books, N.Y. (Chapter) 2005


“Here: A Biography of the New American Continent”, Public Affairs, N.Y. 2001, updated 2002


“Myths of the Enemy: Castro, Cuba and Herbert L. Matthews of The New York Times” Working Paper 313 Kellogg Institute for International Studies University of Notre Dame. 2004


“America Septentrional,” Foreign Policy Review Institute, Philadelphia, PA. 2003


“A Reluctant Trinity,” Woodrow Wilson Center for International Affairs, Washington, D.C. 2003


The North American Elections of 2000: An Analysis,” Orbis. 2003

Public Appearances

Anthony DePalma on the 9/11 settlement and his book “City of Dust: Illness, Arrogance and 9/11”

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