Alan Elsner had a long career at the top ranks of American and international journalism and as a writer of fiction and non-fiction.
Elsner represented Reuters in five countries and was bureau chief in Jerusalem and Stockholm. As State Department and later White House correspondent for Reuters News Agency, Elsner traveled the world with US Secretaries of State and on Air Force One.
He has written articles and Op Eds for many major publications including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, CNN, Time and Newsweek and has blogged for The Times of Israel, Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post.
His sharp questioning during the Rwanda genocide forced the United States to change its policy and was later highlighted in the Hollywood movie “Hotel Rwanda.”
Elsner is the author of two novels and two works of non-fiction. His first book, “Gates of Injustice: The Crisis in America’s Prisons,” was hailed by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy as a “wake-up call” and welcomed by the political left and right.
He spent six years with J Street as Vice President for Communications and Senior Advisor to the President of the organization. He is a Council member of Theater J in Washington DC.
Most recently, he is the author of the play “The Last Supper.” Download and read The Last Supper.
His first novel, “The Nazi Hunter,” was described by Publishers’ Weekly as “a gripping debut thriller and a compelling tale.” His memoir, “Guarded by Angels” about his father’s Holocaust survival in World War II, was published by Yad Vashem. He spearheaded a campaign to build a fitting memorial at the site of the Belzec extermination camp in Poland where his grandparents were murdered by the Nazis. Winner of the Knight International Journalism fellowship, Elsner spent a year in Romania in 2007 teaching journalism to students and professionals and strengthening the values of a free media.