Trevor Aaronson is the executive director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and a contributing writer at The Intercept. He is also author of The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism.
His 2015 TED Talk, “How this FBI strategy is actually creating U.S.-based terrorists,” has been viewed more than 1 million times and translated into 22 languages. A documentary he reported and produced for Al Jazeera Media Network, “Informants,” screened at the London Investigative Film Festival and was broadcast worldwide in three languages.
Aaronson was a 2010-11 fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California-Berkeley. Prior to that, he was an investigative reporter and editor for newspapers in Florida and Tennessee.
A two-time finalist for the Livingston Awards, Aaronson has won more than two dozen national and regional awards, including the Molly National Journalism Prize, the international Data Journalism Award and the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award.
Aaronson has been featured on CBS This Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered, MSNBC, This American Life, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, WNYC’s On the Media and The Leonard Lopate Show, among others.