Scott Wallace


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Scott Wallace is a writer, television producer and photojournalist with more than 20 years experience covering national and international affairs. His assignments have taken him from the remotest corners of the Amazon to the clandestine arms markets of Russia, from the North Slope of Alaska to the sweltering rice paddies of southern Bangladesh.

A graduate of Yale University and the Missouri School of Journalism, Wallace began his career in El Salvador in 1983 as a radio correspondent for CBS News and a writer/photographer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. For the next seven years, Wallace specialized in frontline reporting on the wars in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Panama, writing for Newsweek, The Independent (London), and The Guardian (Manchester-London).

Since the early 1990s, he has worked as a magazine writer, and photographer, while producing in-depth network news magazine programs on war, international organized crime, indigenous affairs, and the environment. His writing has appeared in National Geographic Magazine (cover story, August 2003), Harper's Magazine, Sports Afield, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, Newsweek, Interview, The Nation, and the Village Voice among many other publications. His photo credits include: National Geographic, Outside, Details, Interview, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. He has produced in-depth television magazine reports for CBS News, Fox News, CNN, New York Times/Video News International, and the National Geographic Channel.

Wallace is a contributing editor for National Geographic Adventure, where his exclusive report on the controversy surrounding anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon and the Yanomami Indians of the Venezuelan Amazon appeared in the April 2002 issue. As a recipient of a Ford Environmental Reporting Fellowship that same year, Wallace covered the crisis of illegal logging in Brazil's Amazon region for National Geographic Television, and then undertook a three-month expedition into the land of an uncontacted Indian tribe for National Geographic Magazine. His account of that journey appeared as the cover story of the August 2003 issue (see articles section). It was ranked second out of 90 stories for the year in National Geographic's Readers' Poll.

During the past two years, Wallace has reported from around the world -- following the 82nd Airborne to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, pursuing kidnappers and fedayeen commanders with U.S. advisors and Iraqi Police agents on the streets of Baghdad. He has also witnessed efforts to lift women out of poverty in rural Bangladesh. He has accompanied female women loan officers into the labyrinthine hillside slums overlooking Aden, Yemen, to visit impoverished women entrepreneurs struggling to make a living for their families. Scott was contracted in 2004 by the World Bank to document Bank-financed projects around the world. His travels took him to Morocco, Senegal, Mauritania, Tanzania, Eritrea, Yemen, Bulgaria, Turkey, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Peru, Brazil, and Colombia. His photographs from that extraordinary journey can be viewed in the photo gallery of this website here.

In the late summer/early fall of 2004, Wallace undertook a new National Geographic assignment as writer on an expedition into the remote Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan's Badakshan Province. The expedition covered 600 miles on foot, horseback and yak in the course of two months, reaching the border of China before turning back. The published story can be found here.

Wallace has presented slide lectures and instructions on writing, photography, and current affairs on campuses and at civic meetings across the U.S. and overseas. His traveling exhibition of photographs and text, "Salvador-Nicaragua: Two Faces/One War," is available for gallery and museum display. His latest exhibition, "Baghdad, USA: Recent Photojournalism from Iraq," appeared at the Banning+Low Gallery in Kensington, MD in 2004. Wallace is planning a forthcoming exhibition featuring work from his recent round-the-world assignment.

Scott's work, activities and contact information are available at his website.

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