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Carmen Gentile

International Journalist, Best-Selling Author & Conflict Reporter

International Journalist, Best-Selling Author & Conflict Reporter

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Carmen Gentile Biography

Carmen Gentile is an American journalist, author and public speaker who specializes in reporting on conflicts and the developing world. He is the author of the memoir "Blindsided by the Taliban," a dark-humored retelling of his unusual injury in Afghanistan while embedded with American troops near the Pakistani border. In September 2010, Gentile was shot in the side of the head with a rocket-propelled grenade that did not detonate, although it blinded him in his right eye and crushed part of his skull. Gentile managed to capture his highly unusual injury on video.

He underwent several surgeries including one at a U.S. military hospital at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. After numerous operations and months of rehabilitation, Gentile returned to Afghanistan and resumed front line reporting, which is chronicled in his critically acclaimed book "Blindsided by the Taliban" (2018).

In recent years, Gentile has combined storytelling from places like Iraq with his passion for motorcycling, writing stories for publications like Motorcyclist and Postindustrial, the media outlet Gentile founded in 2018 covering the Rust Belt, Appalachia, and other Postindustrial Communities around the world.

Carmen Gentile Speaking Topics

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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 ...

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Carmen Gentile is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Safety and Security Precautions in a Hostile Environment, Journalism and Conflict Reporting and Blindsided by the Taliban: A Journalist's Story of War, Trauma, Love, and Loss. The estimated speaking fee range to book Carmen Gentile for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. 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 Richard Lui, David Andelman, Alex Berenson, Vijay Prashad and Christian Davenport. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Carmen Gentile for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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