Mark McDonald is a veteran journalist, foreign correspondent and bureau chief. He has worked for Knight Ridder Newspapers, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Dallas Morning News and the Boston Globe. In addition to foreign postings in Paris, Moscow, Hanoi, Seoul and Hong Kong, he has reported from more than 100 countries plus a dozen combat theaters and disaster zones, including numerous deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
At the IHT and The New York Times he won several Publisher’s Awards, Human Rights Press awards, and he shared the Asia Society's 2009 Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia. While recovering from injuries sustained while embedded in Afghanistan, Mark served as the Howard R. Marsh Professor of Journalism at the University of Michigan, from 2005-2007. He previously held the Knight Fellowship in International Business as a Michigan Journalism Fellow. While at the Dallas Morning News he worked on a team that went on to win the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. He also won a Dallas Press Club Katie Award, APME and GLAAD awards, and the Charles Green Headliner Award as Sportswriter of the Year in Texas.
Mark’s sports journalism, foreign reporting and essays have appeared in a number of nonfiction books, including most recently Eddy van Wessel’s prize-winning memoir on war photography, “The Edge of Civilization.”
Born in Washington, D.C., and a political science graduate of Kalamazoo College, Mark did post-bac work at Columbia University (history), New York University (fine arts) and the Monterey Language Institute (Vietnamese). He is a 2002 diplomate of Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russian language studies. He lives in New Mexico, Texas, Mexico and France.
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Off the X
by Mark McDonald
A bright young American, Micah Ford, is suffering from traumatic stress disorder. Enlisting in the Army, he discovers a new clarity, nothing less than a new life, through the extreme violence he encounters during a secret mission against ISIS in Iraq. Torture, love, betrayal, a miracle or two, luck, American swagger, Islamist brutality, and a final compass-reading from valor --- it’s all in here.
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