Award-winning investigative journalist Sebastian Rotella to visit SIA

Foreign correspondent, investigative journalist and author Sebastian Rotella will present “The Media in the Internet Age” at Penn State School of International Affairs on April 19. A senior reporter for ProPublica, Rotella covers terrorism, intelligence, organized crime, and law enforcement.

“The Arab Spring illustrates just how powerful the media is in the internet age,” said Ambassador Dennis Jett (Ret.), professor of international affairs and the organizer of the event. “As a foreign correspondent and investigative journalist, Rotella has a unique perspective on media, journalism, power, and perception of power, and we are pleased to host him.”

Prior to joining ProPublica in 2010, Rotella spent 23 years at the Los Angeles Times, most recently as a national security correspondent in Washington. He has been an investigative reporter in Madrid, bureau chief in Paris, and bureau chief in Buenos Aires covering South America, and Mexican border correspondent.

Rotella has authored Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the U.S.-Mexico Border, which was named a New York Times notable book in 1998. His novel, Triple Crossing, was published by Little, Brown and Company in 2011. Rotella was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in 2006. The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism awarded him the Maria Moors Cabot Medal for career coverage of Latin America in 2001. He has also won honors from Harvard University, the Overseas Press Club, the German Marshall Fund and the Inter-American Press Association. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
The presentation will begin at 11:15 in room 116 of Lewis Katz Building and will be webcast live and simulcast to Lewis Katz Hall in Carlisle, Pa.