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Scott Wallace, FN ‘07

Scott Wallace is an author, photojournalist and public speaker who has made exploration and discovery the centerpiece of a distinguished career. Assignments have taken him from Afghanistan’s wind-swept Wakhan Corridor to the Alaskan Arctic – and from clandestine arms bazaars in the former Soviet Union to midnight raids on suspected fedayeen hideouts in Baghdad slums.

Wallace is a former international correspondent for Newsweek, the Guardian, CBS News Radio and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His writings on armed conflict, the environment and vanishing cultures also have appeared in Harper’s, Smithsonian, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, Condé Nast Traveler and Grand Street, among others.

As a correspondent in strife-ridden Central America during the 1980s, Wallace made numerous trips into remote areas of Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras where he documented the struggles of indigenous tribes fleeing government-sponsored violence. Since the end of the Cold War, he has focused on examining conflicts along the world’s far-flung peripheries, where indigenous peoples often find themselves manning the frontlines against a resource-hungry and ever-expanding global economy.

Wallace’s numerous assignments for National Geographic in the Amazon include a ground-breaking, three-month trek into the land of an uncontacted tribe, known only as the “Arrow People,” in the deepest recesses of the rainforest. That journey resulted in the publication in 2011 of his widely-acclaimed book The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes. He currently is involved in two National Geographic projects involving the social and environmental costs of oil exploration and timber extraction in the deep Amazon.

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