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Peter Osnos
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Peter Osnos is the Founder and Editor-at-Large of PublicAffairs books and a contributing correspondent to The Previously, he was Publisher of Random House's Times Books Division from 1991 to 1996 and before that was a Vice President and Associate Publisher of the Random House imprint. Authors he has worked with include President Barack Obama,  President Bill Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter, Rosalyn Carter, Nancy Reagan, former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, Boris Yeltsin, Paul Volcker, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Clark Clifford, Sam Donaldson, Morley Safer, Peggy Noonan, Molly Ivins, Stanley Karnow, Jim Lehrer, William Novak, Vassily Aksyonov, Robert  McNamara, Vernon Jordan, Brian Lamb, Mohammad Yunus, Wendy Kopp and Natan Sharansky and journalists from the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and the Economist.

Before entering book publishing, Osnos spent nearly twenty years at the Washington Post, where he was variously Indochina Bureau Chief, Moscow Correspondent, Foreign Editor, National Editor, and London Bureau Chief. He has been a commentator and host for National Public Radio and a contributor to publications including Foreign Affairs, the Atlantic, and the New Republic. He served as Chair of the Trade Division of the Association of American Publishers, Chair of Human Rights Watch Europe and Central Asia Committee and was a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch. He is currently the Vice-Chairman of the Columbia Journalism Review and was Executive Director of The Caravan Project, funded by the MacArthur Foundation and  Carnegie Corporation, based at TCF. A graduate of Brandeis University and the Columbia University School of Journalism, he lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with his wife, Susan Osnos, who is a consultant for nonprofit organizations.


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