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Will Potter

Investigative journalist

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Will Potter

Professional Role

Current Titles:

Author, journalist

Current Organizations:

GreenIsTheNewRed.com, Rosenberg Fund for Children


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Green Is the New Red -- Book Trailer

Will Potter's new book, "Green Is the New Red: An Insider's Account of a Social Movement Under Siege," is available now from City Lights Books. It has been featured by NPR, Mother Jones, and Publisher's Weekly, and Kirkus Book Reviews awarded it a Kirkus Star for "remarkable merit." To find out more, please visit http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/book.

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Will Potter is an award-winning journalist, author, and TED Fellow based in Washington, D.C. who focuses on the animal rights and environmental movements, and civil liberties post-9/11. Currently he is examining how whistleblowers and non-violent protesters are being treated as "terrorists."

His reporting and commentary have been featured in the world's top media outlets, including the Washington PostNPRRolling StoneEl Pais, and Le Monde. He has testified before the U.S. Congress about his reporting, as the only witness opposing the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

Will has lectured at more than 150 universities and public forums about his work, including Georgetown University, the New York City Bar Association, and the House of Democracy and Human Rights in Berlin. International speaking tours have included Germany, Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Spain, and he is the international guest lecturer for Australia's 2014 animal law lecture series. He is also an advisory board member of the Rosenberg Fund for Children.

His reporting has overturned criminal prosecutions, and it has both been praised in Congressional reports and monitored by the Counter-Terrorism Unit. His book, Green Is The New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siegewas awarded a a Kirkus Star for “remarkable merit."

Fun facts

Favorite meal:
Drunken noodle with tofu (extra spicy!).

A funny story about me:
My Texan drawl sometimes comes out when I'm home.

Vital Stats

Fellows Class
Living in
Washington, United States
Working in
Washington, United States
Born in
Fort Worth, United States


www.greenisthenewred.com www.willpotter.com

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