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About Me

Erik German JournalistI currently produce short documentaries for The New York Times’ Retro Report series, and write long-form print pieces for Amazon’s popular Kindle Singles platform.

I count myself among the small but growing number of journalists who can produce multimedia packages where each element lives up to the highest standards of the form. I’ve worked on deadline from the Amazon rainforest to the streets of New York City, telling stories with words, pictures and sound. I know the art of phrasing questions that yield great bites and I’m practiced at pushing for details that resonate in print.

I began my career as a staff writer for Newsday, where I spent four years variously covering local corruption, the Albany statehouse and the 2008 presidential campaign. I wrote about everything from celebrity court battles to odd culture trends, and I know how to wield freedom of information laws to get wrongdoing on the front page. Long before mortgage fraud sank the world economy, I won a 2006 New York Press Club Award for exposing one tip of the iceberg — a nationwide home loan scam that found victims across New York State.

I later joined GlobalPost as a foreign correspondent, first in North Africa and then in Brazil, producing multimedia packages that have run in newspapers, on television and across the web. After leaving GlobalPost, I signed on as a roving correspondent for The Daily, the iPad-only interactive newspaper launched by News Corp. in February 2011. I reported, shot and wrote multimedia features across the country as the most widely traveled member our national enterprise team until the publication folded at the end of 2012.