Joe Lauria has been a United Nations correspondent for 25 years. This included six and a
half years as the Wall Street Journal correspondent based at U.N. Headquarters in New York.
Mr. Lauria has covered ever major world crisis that has come before the U.N. over the past
quarter century. Among those stories was the fraught diplomacy before the First Gulf War and
the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq; the 1990s wars that broke up Yugoslavia; the genocide in
Rwanda; the destruction of Libya; the coup d'etat in Ukraine and resulting civil war; the
devastating conflict in Syria; African coups and the U.N. response to earthquakes, tsunamis
and other natural disasters.
Mr. Lauria has interviewed numerous presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers, and
ambassadors and questioned many other leaders in press encounters, including Yassir
Arafat, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Robert Mugabe, Jacques Chirac, Jimmy Carter, Hillary
Clinton and Barack Obama.
He reported numerous exclusives and front- page U.N.-related stories for the WSJ. These
included a U.S. exclusive on the U.N. General Assembly considering a new probe into Dag
Hammarskjöld's death; the U.N. envoy to Yemen saying Saudi bombing derailed a political
settlement close to completion; senior U.S. officials asking the U.N. to pull its chemical
weapons inspectors from Syria; Rwandan President Paul Kagame saying he would't pull his
troops from Somalia after a critical U.N. report; the Indian foreign minister suggesting India
favored negotiating with the Taliban; Somalia's prime minister saying he would welcome a bin
Laden-style US raid on militants in his country; China revising its anti-separatist stance in
South Sudan; and U.N. corruption favoring Price Waterhouse Coopers on a multi-million
dollar contract and more.
Before the WSJ, Mr. Lauria was the Boston Globe's U.N. correspondent for six years and has
also reported from the U.N. for the London Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, The
Johannesburg Star, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen and Vancouver Sun; and the German
Press Agency dpa.
Mr. Lauria has been an investigative reporter for The Sunday Times of London, having taken
part in investigations that led to the suspension of a British member of parliament for
corruption and the unmasking of an FBI/MI5 double agent. At Bloomberg News he led an
investigation that brought about the resignation of an Argentine provincial governor after he
issued a counterfeit government bond.
Mr. Lauria's work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The
Guardian, New York Magazine, and other publications. He is the author of two books. The
first was with former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Mike Gravel, a history of U.S.
foreign policy and the defense industry, published by Seven Stories Press, with a Foreword
by Daniel Ellsberg. It was entirely conceived, researched and written by Mr. Lauria. The
second was a ghostwritten history of the three major Middle East religions with an emphasis
on the history of Islam.
Mr. Lauria has traveled to more than 70 nations. Much of his reporting has focused on the
Middle East, having visited the region more than two dozen times in the past four years,
including lengthy stays in Egypt and Iraq. With the exception of Yemen and Iran, he's visited
every country in the region, many multiple times.
Mr. Lauria has won two journalism awards and taught journalism at two U.S. universities. He
has lectured on three continents and has appeared numerous times on radio and television,
including on CNN (where he was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer), Good Morning America
(interviewed by George Stephanopoulos) as well as on the BBC, the PBS News Hour, C-
Span, Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, Sky Arabia, and RT. He's also been a guest on Leonard
Lopate's and Brian Lehrer's radio shows on WNYC in New York.