Jere Van Dyk

Journalist; Carnegie Council Senior Fellow, 2006-2009

Jere Van Dyk is a journalist and author. He is currently a consultant on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and al-Qaeda for CBS News.In 2008, Van Dyk was captured and imprisoned by the Taliban in the no-man's-land between Afghanistan and Pakistan. He tells the story of his 45-day ordeal in his book, Captive (2010).In 1981, while working as a correspondent for The New York Times, Van Dyk lived with the mujahideen as they battled the Soviet Army. His articles in The New York Times, which included a three-part story in the paper's Sunday magazine, were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He later wrote In Afghanistan, a book on his experiences during that journey. In 2001, Mr. Van Dyk, working as a free-lance correspondent, covered the war in Afghanistan and the murder of Daniel Pearl.

Van Dyk has written for many publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and National Geographic. He has traveled in Afghanistan and other countries in the region since the 1970s and reported on them for CBS News (both radio and television), CNN, National Public Radio, and other broadcast organizations.

Featured Work

JUN 21, 2006 Podcast

Jere Van Dyk Interviews Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Veteran correspondent Hunter-Gault counters what she calls "the four D's of the African apocalypse: death, disease, disaster, and despair," with news about the New Partnership ...

MAY 17, 2006 Podcast

Jere Van Dyk Interviews Vali Nasr

"For the Iranians, the Taliban and Saddam were a problem, and the United States removed both of them," says Nasr. "[T]here is an opportunity ...

MAY 9, 2006 Podcast

Jere Van Dyk Interviews Milton Viorst

"This is not a new war," says Milton Viorst. "It’s the latest chapter in a war that has been going on between two great ...

APR 20, 2006 Podcast

Jere Van Dyk Interviews Philip Jenkins

Professor Philip Jenkins argues that between 1974 and 1980, "there is a shift in political culture, political rhetoric, which is in a generally conservative direction, although sometimes ...

APR 3, 2006 Podcast

Jere Van Dyk Interviews Joseph Stiglitz

"I firmly believe that aid and trade have to work together," says Dr. Stiglitz. "If we provide assistance to help people to take advantage of ...

MAR 14, 2006 Podcast

Interview with Dr. Barnett Rubin

"It's very difficult to be optimistic," says Dr. Rubin, one of the world's foremost experts on Afghanistan. "Still, five years ago we could never have ...