Peter Eichstaedt is an award-winning author of six books of nonfiction, a screenwriter, and short story writer. His books reveal the untold stories behind the world’s most troubled regions, from remote corners of Afghanistan, to the killing fields of eastern Congo.
His book First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army, won the 2009 Colorado Book Award for best history. It details the horrors of Uganda’s war with rebel cult leader Joseph Kony.
In 2015, his book, The Dangerous Divide: Peril and Promise on US-Mexico Border, was named best in current affairs by the International Latino Book Awards.
He co-author ed the feature film, Bucharest Express, a 2003 award-winning docu-drama about trafficking in women and illegal pharmaceuticals in EasternEurope.
His short stories have appeared in various collections.
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Eichstaedt is a veteran journalist, who has lived and worked in Africa, Afghanistan, Eastern Europe, and the Caucasus. He is the former project director in Afghanistan and former Africa Editor for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. While based in The Hague, Netherlands, he traveled frequently to Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and South Sudan, writing and researching human rights issues.
Prior to receiving a Fulbright grant in journalism in 1998, which took him to Slovenia, Macedonia, and Albania, Eichstaedt worked as a political reporter and editor for newspapers in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as Washington state. His articles have appeared in The Seattle Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Denver Post, The Fort Worth Star Telegram, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Los Angeles Times.
Eichstaedt holds an MA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and earned a degree in English literature from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. He also studied at the University of the Americas in Mexico City, Mexico.
Eichstaedt lives near Denver and is an avid skier and hiker.