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Extended Biography:

Michael Otterman has more than a decade of experience in journalism and new media. He is the author of two books—American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond (2007) and Erasing Iraq: The Human Costs of Carnage (2010, with Hil and Wilson). He is currently the Executive Director of the Bernard and Sandra Otterman Foundation, where he is co-developing the Middle East Oleander Initiative with the University of the Middle East Project. Previously, he was Director of Communications at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, a genocide and mass atrocity prevention NGO, and the Social Media Manager of Catalyst, the world’s leading nonprofit organization advocating for workplace equality. While at Catalyst, he co-created Men Advocating Real Change, the only online community for men committed to equality in the workplace.

Michael is a graduate of Boston University (BS, Journalism, 2003), University of Sydney (MA, Peace and Conflict Studies, 2006) and was Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Sydney, from 2006 – 2009, where he lectured and advised students. In 2005, Dogs Out, a documentary he co-directed and produced, was short-listed at Tropfest Australia, the world’s largest short film festival. In 2004, he won multiple awards while employed at the Merrick Herald and Bellmore Herald weekly newspapers, including: 1st Place for “Best Investigative or In-depth Story or Series (non-daily),” National Newspaper Association (USA); 1st Place for “Community Leadership,” New York Press Association; and, 2nd Place for “In-depth Reporting,” New York Press Association. Full CV available upon request.


Michael can be reached at mike [at]

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