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Peter Savodnik

has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, BusinessWeek, Harper's, The New Yorker, Conde Nast Traveler, Wired, W, Time, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post and Commentary, among other venues.

His book, on Lee Harvey Oswald's Soviet foray, is being published by Basic Books. It will be available on Amazon in late October. His article, "The Chessboard Killer," which was first published in GQ, was anthologized in The Best American Crime Reporting 2010. In Winter 2011 and 2012, he taught a class at Middlebury College on Russian politics and literature, focusing on Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Turgenev's Fathers and Sons and Chernyshevsky's What Is To Be Done?  In 2013, he is reporting stories in Cairo, Doha, Sochi and across South Asia.

Previously, Savodnik lived in Moscow and traveled extensively in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, the Baltics, the Caucasus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Far East. Among the highlights of his time in the former Soviet Union was a five-week trip on the Trans-Mongolian railroad, beginning in Moscow and ending in Beijing; a ski vacation in Krasnaya Polyana; and a road trip through the Ukrainian steppe. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1994 and received his master's from the University of Chicago, where he wrote a thesis on Ernst Cassirer's philosophy of symbolic forms, in 1999.

In May, Savodnik will move full-time to Washington, D.C.