Roy Gutman (born March 5, 1944) is an American journalist and author.


In 1966, Gutman graduated from Haverford College with a major in History. In 1968, Gutman graduated from the London School of Economics with a masters degree in International Relations.

Roy Gutman joined Newsday in January 1982 and served for eight years as National Security Reporter in Washington. While European Bureau Chief, from 1989–94, he reported on the downfall of the Polish, East German, and Czechoslovak regimes, the opening of the Berlin Wall, the unification of Germany, the first democratic elections in the former Eastern Bloc, and the violent disintegration of Yugoslavia. He is currently the Foreign Editor for McClatchy Newspapers in Washington, D.C..

Gutman's honors include the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting, and a special Human Rights in Media Award from the International League for Human Rights. While a diplomatic correspondent at Newsweek, he shared the Edgar Allan Poe award of the White House correspondents association.[citation needed]

Gutman was previously employed by the Reuters news agency, serving in Bonn, Vienna, Belgrade, London, and Washington. He served as Bureau Chief for Europe, State Department Correspondent, and Chief Capitol Hill Reporter. He has been a Jennings Randolph senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace.[citation needed]

In 1988, Simon & Schuster published his Banana Diplomacy: The Making of American Policy in Nicaragua 1981-1987. The New York Times named it one of the best 200 books of the year, and the (London) Times Literary Supplement designated it the best American book of the year. Macmillan published A Witness to Genocide in 1993 (the Jerusalem Post called it an "indispensable" book on genocide[1]), and the U.S. Institute of Peace published How We Missed the Story: Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and the Hijacking of Afghanistan in 2008.[citation needed]

Gutman is the chairman of the Crimes of War Project, an attempt to bring together reporters and legal scholars to increase awareness of the laws of war. His pocket guide to war crimes, Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know, co-edited with David Rieff, was published by W.W. Norton in 1999 with a second edition in 2007. He was named one of "50 visionaries who are changing your world" by the Utne Reader in November–December 2008 Profile,, November 13, 2008.


In Media Cleansing: Dirty Reporting Journalism & Tragedy in Yugoslavia, Gutman is criticised extensively for insufficiently critical reliance on Bosnian and Croatian sources by author Peter Brock.[2]

List of books

  • Banana Diplomacy, published in 1988
  • Witness to Genocide, published in 1993
  • Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know, Co-edited by David Rieff, published in 1999 and again in 2007.
  • How We Missed the Story: Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and the Hijacking of Afghanistan, U.S. Institute of Peace, published in 2008


  1. ^ Primorac, Igor (1995-08-18). "The Suffering of Others". Jerusalem Post. p. 22.  |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ Brock, Peter. Media Cleansing: Dirty Reporting Journalism & Tragedy in Yugoslavia. pp. 87-116; ISBN 1-882383-30-3