Mark Danner is a writer who for three decades has written on politics and foreign policy, focussing on war, conflict and human rights. He has covered Central America, Haiti, the Balkans, and Iraq and the Middle East, among many other stories, and has also covered the last four US presidential elections. Danner was a longtime staff writer at The New Yorker and is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. His books include Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War, The Massacre at El Mozote: A Parable of the Cold War, The Road to Illegitimacy, Torture and Truth, The Secret Way to War, and Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War.
Danner is Class of 1961 Endowed Chair of Journalism and English at the University of California, Berkeley and James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Policy and the Humanities at Bard College. His work has appeared in Harper's, The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Aperture, and many other newspapers and magazines. He has co-written and helped produce two hour-long documentaries for the ABC News Program Peter Jennings Reporting, and his work has received, among other honors, a National Magazine Award, three Overseas Press Awards, an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship and an Emmy. In 1999 Danner was named a MacArthur Fellow.
Danner speaks and lectures widely on foreign policy and America's role in the world. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Affairs Council of Northern California and the Century Association. He and his family divide their time between Berkeley and New York