Written by Sarah Swann
Willimantic, CT -- Dina Temple-Raston, award-winning author and FBI correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR) will address America's war on terrorism at 3 p.m. on March 31 in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center at Eastern Connecticut State University. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Temple-Raston will also speak about her latest books, "In Defense of Our America" and "The Jihad Next Door," the latter of which is about six Yemeni-American friends who were convinced by a recruiter that they should be good Muslims and go to Afghanistan to prepare for holy war. Upon returning to America, they were arrested and charged with supporting terrorism. In "The Jihad Next Door," Temple-Raston explains the steps that led up to the men's imprisonment.
Prior to working for NPR, Temple-Raston served as a correspondent for Bloomberg News in Asia, where she opened offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong for Bloomberg's financial wire and radio operations. She also served as White House correspondent for Bloomberg News during the Clinton Administration.
Temple-Raston won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award for "A Death in Texas," which is the account of a grisly murder of an African American man dragged to his death behind a pickup truck in the summer of 1998. The book was also selected as one of the Washington Post's Best Books of 2002. "Justice on the Grass," published in 2005, was a Foreign Affairs magazine bestseller.
Temple-Raston earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University. She also has a master's degree from the Columbia University's School of Journalism.