Aram Roston

Aram Roston

Aram Roston is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and author who covers national security, crime and corruption, in addition to more enjoyable matters. Currently, he is an investigative reporter and editor for BuzzFeed News. Based in Washington, he’s been breaking major stories for more than 17 years, on air and in print. He has worked as an investigative producer at NBC News, a correspondent for CNN, a police reporter in New York City, and has reported from around the world. He’s the author of the acclaimed investigative biography, The Man Who Pushed America To War: The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, And Obsessions Of Ahmad Chalabi (Nation Books). He has written for GQ, Mother Jones, Playboy, The Nation, the London Observer, the New Statesman and other publications. Roston has also been a guest on various shows, such as Fresh Air with Terry Gross, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Democracy Now! Last updated July 2017


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The Secret Campaign of Mike Bloomberg

In 2009, in a tight race against an African American opponent, Mayor Bloomberg paid $1.2 million to a political operative for “ballot security,” often a ruse for voter suppression. He disguised the fee as a donation to the Independence Party — then failed to report it.

Fueling the Afghan War

The effort to keep fuel flowing for the American military has led to questionable alliances in Kyrgyzstan and allegations of corruption entangling the US government.

Afghan Lobby Scam

A private memo from lobbying powerhouse Patton Boggs reveals that a Pentagon contractor currently under Congressional investigation has sought to influence U.S. policy in Afghanistan.

The Backstories

The Backstory: Aram Roston

Veteran investigative reporter Aram Roston shares his experiences embedding with the military, explains when it’s best to remain unembedded, and offers advice to anyone reporting from a conflict zone for the first time.


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