Trevor Aaronson is a contributing writer at The Intercept and executive director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. He is currently an ASU Future Security Fellow at New America and was previously a fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley.
Aaronson’s book The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism documented how federal law enforcement uses informants and sting operations in Muslim communities. 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 23 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.
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.