Gretchen Peters covered Pakistan and Afghanistan for more than a decade, first for The Associated Press and later as a reporter for ABC News. A Harvard graduate, Peters was nominated for an Emmy for her coverage of the 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the former Pakistani prime minister, and won the SAJA Journalism Award for a Nightline segment on the former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf. Her work has appeared in leading media outlets including The Christian Science Monitor, The New Republic and The National Geographic Channel, and she has been a regular commentator on NPR and CNN. She spent five years traveling the border areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan to research and write Seeds of Terror, her groundbreaking investigation into the deepening relationship between the Taliban and drug traffickers, and America’s decades-long failure to disrupt the opium production that helps fund extremism. She now lives in the US with her husband, Pulitzer prize-winning photographer John Moore, and their children.Download Bio
Seeds of Terror
How Drugs, Thugs, and Crime Are Reshaping the Afghan War
Seeds of Terror is a groundbreaking triumph of reporting, a book that changed U.S. policy toward the Afghan heroin trade and the fight against terror. In in,...
The Myth of the Ideological War on Terror: A Look at Criminal Groups Backing the Taliban and al Qaeda, told from the first-hand perspective of a reporter on the ground.
A Global Look at the Links Between Insurgency and Crime: Gretchen draws on her vast experience as a journalist in this compelling look at the links between insurgency and criminal activity.
Raising Children in a Nation on the Brink: Getchen's tale of her three years as a mother and ABC News reporter in Pakistan.
Praise for Seeds of Terror
"An important examination of ‘the nexus of [drug] smugglers and extremists’ in the global war against terrorists. Peters builds a solid case [and] has exhaustively framed one of the thorniest problems facing policy makers in this long war."
"Clear and persuasive."
"Stunning . . . A must-read for all western policy makers and President Obama."
--Ahmed Rashid, New York Times Bestselling author of Taliban and Descent into Chaos
"Seeds of Terror offers layer after layer of fascinating information about the deadly consequences of decades of disastrous policy decisions. This is a well-written, well-documented, and exemplary work of journalism."