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Carmen Gentile

International Journalist, Best-Selling Author & Conflict Reporter

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 Carmen Gentile Biography

Carmen Gentile has spent the last two decades traveling the world as an award-winning journalist covering conflict and developing countries.

His work has taken him to the mountains of Afghanistan, Iraqi deserts and the Brazilian Amazon.

When he's not working, Carmen has climbed mountains in Bolivia, surfed world-class waves in El Salvador and off-road motorcycled in New Zealand.

In 2010, his life was forever changed when he was injured by a Taliban rocket-propelled grenade while embedded with U.S. forces in Afghanistan. In perhaps the most unusual injury in the annals of modern warfare, Carmen was struck in the face by the rocket at close range, blinding him in his right eye and shattering the side of his face.

Fortunately for him, the ordnance, capable of disabling an armored vehicle, did not detonate. Carmen was evacuated from the hot zone and subsequently underwent four operations to repair his face and restore some of his vision.

After months of recovery, he returned to front line reporting in Afghanistan, a harrowing tale he chronicles with dark and self-deprecating humor in his book Blindsided by the Taliban.

The story chronicles not only his injury by his personal, professional and romantic missteps and Carmen seeks to return to the one thing he feels he can still get right: covering war.

He has spoken at length about his experience and how having a sense of humor about his injury and other setbacks helped him maintain his sanity during the worst time of his life.

Carmen continues to cover conflict like the recent fighting in Iraq between local forces and the Islamic State in northern city of Mosul.

Hoping to entice new readers to this important story, he recently teamed up with a photographer and fellow motorcycle enthusiast to combine riding and the story of the fighting in Iraq into a single narrative.

Most recently, Carmen’s book was optioned for film and is currently in pre-production under the working title War Wounds with acclaimed director George Marshall Ruge attached to direct.

Videos
Speaking Topics
  • Blindsided by the Taliban: A Journalist's Story of War, Trauma, Love, and Loss

    Based on his book of the same name, Carmen Gentile is a longtime conflict correspondent with a flair for storytelling and will make his own tale of survival from a deadly and unusual attack compelling and thought-provoking for anyone who's faced adversity in their own lives.

  • Journalism and Conflict Reporting

    Getting the story from the front lines has become increasingly difficult, what with news outlets and news consumers paying less attention to the fighting and suffering overseas. Carmen Gentile has reported on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as bouts of unrest around the world. Most of his work has appeared in mainstream publications like USA Today and other leading outlets. But with more Americans focusing their interest on events at home, Carmen has turned his attention towards finding new ways to get audiences and readers to pay attention to the important stories happening thousands of miles away. While reporting on the fighting in Iraq between local forces and the Islamic State, Carmen and a photographer found a new angle on the story. Both being passionate about motorcycles, they found in the embattled city of Mosul a unique bike which they purchased from a local man, then hired a mechanic to repair. The duo then rode the bike in northern Iraq, telling the story of the war and the people affected by it through their motorcycle adventure. The story proved so popular that Carmen is currently collaborating with a production team to create a series that combines motorcycle riding and reporting in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, The Balkans and elsewhere. In his talk about journalism and conflict reporting, Carmen will discuss:
    • The recent conflicts and hardships he’s covered, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the refugee population along the Turkish/Syrian border.
    • The changing nature of conflict reporting: fewer resources and diminishing interest among news consumers and editors.
    • Finding creative new ways to continue telling important stories and enticing new readers and viewers to take an interest in other parts of the world.

  • Safety and Security Precautions in a Hostile Environment

    Carmen Gentile has spent years working in war zones and other hostile environments the world over. Now Carmen is imparting the lessons he learned in the field to others who cover conflict and wish to remain safe while getting the story. He imparts years of accrued knowledge as a volunteer instructor for the nonprofit organization Trauma Training for Journalists. Earlier this year, TTJ held a training for journalists working Cambodia, where those reporting the news have been harassed by authorities and caught in the middle of deadly protests. Carmen instructed a group of multinational journalists on how to cover violence while remaining safe in the process. Among the topics he covers in his lessons:
    • Preparations for going into a hostile environment: having the right accreditation, visas, and other essential documents.
    • Finding a reliable translator and driver.
    • What to do in the event of a mass shooting, bombing or other spontaneous outburst of violence.
    • How to act when detained by authorities or violent non-government groups.
    • Staying safe while reporting for prolonged periods in a war zone.
    • Safety equipment: body, armor, helmet, first aid kits, emergency contacts.

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  • HOW TO BOOK Carmen Gentile?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Carmen Gentile for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Carmen Gentile, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Carmen Gentile or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Carmen Gentile?

    Booking fees for Carmen Gentile, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Carmen Gentile, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Carmen Gentile?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Carmen Gentile for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Carmen Gentile for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Carmen Gentile or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Carmen Gentile or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Carmen Gentile

International Journalist, Best-Selling Author & Conflict Reporter

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Carmen Gentile Biography

Carmen Gentile has spent the last two decades traveling the world as an award-winning journalist covering conflict and developing countries.

His work has taken him to the mountains of Afghanistan, Iraqi deserts and the Brazilian Amazon.

When he's not working, Carmen has climbed mountains in Bolivia, surfed world-class waves in El Salvador and off-road motorcycled in New Zealand.

In 2010, his life was forever changed when he was injured by a Taliban rocket-propelled grenade while embedded with U.S. forces in Afghanistan. In perhaps the most unusual injury in the annals of modern warfare, Carmen was struck in the face by the rocket at close range, blinding him in his right eye and shattering the side of his face.

Fortunately for him, the ordnance, capable of disabling an armored vehicle, did not detonate. Carmen was evacuated from the hot zone and subsequently underwent four operations to repair his face and restore some of his vision.

After months of recovery, he returned to front line reporting in Afghanistan, a harrowing tale he chronicles with dark and self-deprecating humor in his book Blindsided by the Taliban.

The story chronicles not only his injury by his personal, professional and romantic missteps and Carmen seeks to return to the one thing he feels he can still get right: covering war.

He has spoken at length about his experience and how having a sense of humor about his injury and other setbacks helped him maintain his sanity during the worst time of his life.

Carmen continues to cover conflict like the recent fighting in Iraq between local forces and the Islamic State in northern city of Mosul.

Hoping to entice new readers to this important story, he recently teamed up with a photographer and fellow motorcycle enthusiast to combine riding and the story of the fighting in Iraq into a single narrative.

Most recently, Carmen’s book was optioned for film and is currently in pre-production under the working title War Wounds with acclaimed director George Marshall Ruge attached to direct.

Carmen Gentile Videos

  • Blindsided by the Taliban: Journalist & Postindustrial media co ...
    In 2010, journalist and Postindustrial media co-founder Carmen Gentile was embedded with the 32 Calvary regiment in eastern Afghanistan ...
  • City Books' Shelf Life EP 18 Carmen Gentile
  • Journalist Recounts His Journey To Recovery After Injury In ...
    Journalist Carmen Gentile was embedded with an Army unit in Afghanistan when an unexploded rocket grenade struck his face, shattering one ...

Carmen Gentile Speaking Topics

  • Blindsided by the Taliban: A Journalist's Story of War, Trauma, Love, and Loss

    Based on his book of the same name, Carmen Gentile is a longtime conflict correspondent with a flair for storytelling and will make his own tale of survival from a deadly and unusual attack compelling and thought-provoking for anyone who's faced adversity in their own lives.

  • Journalism and Conflict Reporting

    Getting the story from the front lines has become increasingly difficult, what with news outlets and news consumers paying less attention to the fighting and suffering overseas. Carmen Gentile has reported on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as bouts of unrest around the world. Most of his work has appeared in mainstream publications like USA Today and other leading outlets. But with more Americans focusing their interest on events at home, Carmen has turned his attention towards finding new ways to get audiences and readers to pay attention to the important stories happening thousands of miles away. While reporting on the fighting in Iraq between local forces and the Islamic State, Carmen and a photographer found a new angle on the story. Both being passionate about motorcycles, they found in the embattled city of Mosul a unique bike which they purchased from a local man, then hired a mechanic to repair. The duo then rode the bike in northern Iraq, telling the story of the war and the people affected by it through their motorcycle adventure. The story proved so popular that Carmen is currently collaborating with a production team to create a series that combines motorcycle riding and reporting in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, The Balkans and elsewhere. In his talk about journalism and conflict reporting, Carmen will discuss:
    • The recent conflicts and hardships he’s covered, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the refugee population along the Turkish/Syrian border.
    • The changing nature of conflict reporting: fewer resources and diminishing interest among news consumers and editors.
    • Finding creative new ways to continue telling important stories and enticing new readers and viewers to take an interest in other parts of the world.

  • Safety and Security Precautions in a Hostile Environment

    Carmen Gentile has spent years working in war zones and other hostile environments the world over. Now Carmen is imparting the lessons he learned in the field to others who cover conflict and wish to remain safe while getting the story. He imparts years of accrued knowledge as a volunteer instructor for the nonprofit organization Trauma Training for Journalists. Earlier this year, TTJ held a training for journalists working Cambodia, where those reporting the news have been harassed by authorities and caught in the middle of deadly protests. Carmen instructed a group of multinational journalists on how to cover violence while remaining safe in the process. Among the topics he covers in his lessons:
    • Preparations for going into a hostile environment: having the right accreditation, visas, and other essential documents.
    • Finding a reliable translator and driver.
    • What to do in the event of a mass shooting, bombing or other spontaneous outburst of violence.
    • How to act when detained by authorities or violent non-government groups.
    • Staying safe while reporting for prolonged periods in a war zone.
    • Safety equipment: body, armor, helmet, first aid kits, emergency contacts.

FAQs on booking Carmen Gentile

  • How to book Carmen Gentile?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Carmen Gentile for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Carmen Gentile, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Carmen Gentile or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Carmen Gentile?

    Booking fees for Carmen Gentile, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Carmen Gentile, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Carmen Gentile?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Carmen Gentile for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Carmen Gentile for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Carmen Gentile or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Carmen Gentile or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Carmen Gentile is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Blindsided by the Taliban: A Journalist's Story of War, Trauma, Love, and Loss, Journalism and Conflict Reporting and Safety and Security Precautions in a Hostile Environment. The estimated speaking fee range to book Carmen Gentile for your event is available upon request. Carmen Gentile generally travels from Pittsburgh, PA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Janine di Giovanni, Dana Goldstein, Michael Finnegan, David Neiwert and Jake Bernstein. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Carmen Gentile for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Carmen Gentile Speaker Videos

  • Blindsided by the Taliban: Journalist & Postindustrial media co ...
    In 2010, journalist and Postindustrial media co-founder Carmen Gentile was embedded with the 32 Calvary regiment in eastern Afghanistan ...
    City Books' Shelf Life EP 18 Carmen Gentile
  • Journalist Recounts His Journey To Recovery After Injury In ...
    Journalist Carmen Gentile was embedded with an Army unit in Afghanistan when an unexploded rocket grenade struck his face, shattering one ...

Carmen Gentile Speaking Topics

  • Blindsided by the Taliban: A Journalist's Story of War, Trauma, Love, and Loss

    Based on his book of the same name, Carmen Gentile is a longtime conflict correspondent with a flair for storytelling and will make his own tale of survival from a deadly and unusual attack compelling and thought-provoking for anyone who's faced adversity in their own lives.

  • Journalism and Conflict Reporting

    Getting the story from the front lines has become increasingly difficult, what with news outlets and news consumers paying less attention to the fighting and suffering overseas. Carmen Gentile has reported on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as bouts of unrest around the world. Most of his work has appeared in mainstream publications like USA Today and other leading outlets. But with more Americans focusing their interest on events at home, Carmen has turned his attention towards finding new ways to get audiences and readers to pay attention to the important stories happening thousands of miles away. While reporting on the fighting in Iraq between local forces and the Islamic State, Carmen and a photographer found a new angle on the story. Both being passionate about motorcycles, they found in the embattled city of Mosul a unique bike which they purchased from a local man, then hired a mechanic to repair. The duo then rode the bike in northern Iraq, telling the story of the war and the people affected by it through their motorcycle adventure. The story proved so popular that Carmen is currently collaborating with a production team to create a series that combines motorcycle riding and reporting in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, The Balkans and elsewhere. In his talk about journalism and conflict reporting, Carmen will discuss:
    • The recent conflicts and hardships he’s covered, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the refugee population along the Turkish/Syrian border.
    • The changing nature of conflict reporting: fewer resources and diminishing interest among news consumers and editors.
    • Finding creative new ways to continue telling important stories and enticing new readers and viewers to take an interest in other parts of the world.

  • Safety and Security Precautions in a Hostile Environment

    Carmen Gentile has spent years working in war zones and other hostile environments the world over. Now Carmen is imparting the lessons he learned in the field to others who cover conflict and wish to remain safe while getting the story. He imparts years of accrued knowledge as a volunteer instructor for the nonprofit organization Trauma Training for Journalists. Earlier this year, TTJ held a training for journalists working Cambodia, where those reporting the news have been harassed by authorities and caught in the middle of deadly protests. Carmen instructed a group of multinational journalists on how to cover violence while remaining safe in the process. Among the topics he covers in his lessons:
    • Preparations for going into a hostile environment: having the right accreditation, visas, and other essential documents.
    • Finding a reliable translator and driver.
    • What to do in the event of a mass shooting, bombing or other spontaneous outburst of violence.
    • How to act when detained by authorities or violent non-government groups.
    • Staying safe while reporting for prolonged periods in a war zone.
    • Safety equipment: body, armor, helmet, first aid kits, emergency contacts.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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