Will Potter

will-potter-headshot-2015-tedWill Potter is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, and TED Senior Fellow based in Washington, D.C. He specializes in dissident politics and culture, the policing of dissent, and civil liberties post-9/11.

His reporting and commentary have been featured in a wide range of the world’s top media outlets, including the Washington Post, CNN, National Geographic, WIRED, NPR, the History Channel, and Rolling Stone.

His book, Green Is The New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siegeexposes how non-violent animal rights and environmental protesters came to be classified by the FBI as “eco-terrorists.” It has been translated into Spanish, French, Serbian, and Italian, and was awarded a Kirkus Star for “remarkable merit.”

Will has been invited to testify before the U.S. Congress about his reporting, as the only witness opposing the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, and he has spoken about his investigations of “ag-gag” laws before the Australian Parliament.

His reporting has overturned criminal prosecutions, and has both been praised in Congressional reports and monitored by the Counter-Terrorism Unit.

He has lectured at nearly 200 universities and public forums about his work, including Harvard Law School, Yale University, and the House of Democracy and Human Rights in Berlin. His international speaking tours have included Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, Spain, and New Zealand. 

Will was a finalist for the Gifted Citizen Prize, and he received the Project Censored award for “outstanding investigative journalism.” Early in his career, Will was the national winner of the Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

He has previously worked at the American Civil Liberties Union on policy issues including the Patriot Act, and has taught investigative journalism at the University of Southern Maine. He is an advisory board member of the Rosenberg Fund for Children.

Will graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism, and received his master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University.tedfellows