Join the Harvard Club for a chat with Sean Carberry MPA ’06, a Peabody and Lowell Thomas award-winning journalist, writer, and editor, and the author of Passport Stamps: Searching the World for a War to Call Home.
Passport Stamps: Searching the World for a War to Call Home is a candid, darkly comic, and emotionally naked tale of a former NPR journalist who—driven by grief, loss, and the desire to find his “tribe”—seeks solace in the world’s most dangerous places and his pursuit to join the ranks of combat-tested war correspondents. The learning curve of reporting in hostile environments is steep and at times comical, at others nearly fatal. He encounters a lot of dust, ragged infrastructure, weaponry, scary driving, whiskey, lust, and way too much food poisoning. When the assignment ends, he is left to confront the mental and emotional impact of the years of danger, death, and destruction.
About the speaker: In his more than 15 years as a radio and print journalist, Sean has traveled to dozens of countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. He was NPR’s last Kabul-based correspondent in 2012 through 2014. Over the years he has reported for or been a guest on programs including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here and Now, The World, and the PBS NewsHour. He’s a regular guest on NPR 1A‘s Friday International News Roundup. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Vice, The Diplomat, The Hill, and his Substack page, Passport Stamps. In addition to his journalism work, he spent several years working for the Defense Department Office of Inspector General, writing and editing oversight reports on counterterrorism operations. He’s currently managing editor of National Defense Magazine.
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