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Frank Smyth is executive director of Global Journalist Security, a private consulting and training firm, and senior advisor for journalist security at  at the nonprofit Committee to Protect Journalists. He is also an independent, award-winning investigative reporter who has been awarded as well for his service to the journalism community. Long specializing in covering armed conflicts, organized crime and human rights, Frank has reported from nations including El Salvador, Guatemala, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Jordan and Iraq where, in 1991, he was imprisoned for 18 days. He has reported, produced and filmed for CBS News radio and television, and written for publications including Mother JonesThe Nation, The Village Voice, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, World Policy Journal, Foreign Affairs and Harvard International Review. Smyth has addressed U.N. Member States of the U.N. Human Rights Council, and testified before the Organization of American States, the International Commission of Jurists, and the U.S. House and Senate. He is a former arms trafficking investigator for Human Rights Watch and author of the pre-genocide report Arming Rwanda. Smyth is co-author of Dialogue and Armed Conflict, and a contributor to The Iraq War Reader and Crimes of War. His study, "Painting the Maya Red: Military Doctrine and Speech in Guatemala's Genocidal Acts," was published in 2010 by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. More recently, Frank has focused attention at home examining gun violence and the gun lobby, often appearing on the "Lean Forward" cable network MSNBC.

He has taught journalism, media studies and political history at American University and the Corcoran College of Art + Design, and is a graduate of Boston College and The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. His clips are posted at