About Trevor Aaronson

Trevor Aaronson is a contributing writer for The Intercept and a 2020 ASU Future Security Fellow at New America. He is also author of The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism and creator and host of the documentary podcasts American ISIS and Chameleon: High Rollers.

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. “Informants,” a documentary he reported and produced, 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 dozens of national and regional journalism awards for investigative reporting, feature writing and data journalism, including the Molly National Journalism Prize and the Data Journalism Award. Aaronson has discussed his reporting on national programs including CBS This Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered, This American Life and On the Media.

Aaronson co-founded the nonprofit Florida Center for Investigative Reporting in 2010. Investigations he edited spurred changes to law and policy and won honors from the National Headliner Awards, the National Awards for Education Reporting, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Green Eyeshade Awards.

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