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Deena Guzder (born 1984) is a human rights journalist and author.[1] Her work has appeared in Time, National Geographic Traveler, Washington Post, United Press International, Reuters, Indian Express, Ms. Magazine, Global Post, Mother Jones, Huffington Post, Common Dreams, and elsewhere. She was awarded journalism grants from the Knight Foundation[2] to report on theocracy and democracy in Iran;[3] the Scripps Howard Foundation[4] to report on low-caste “untouchables” in India;[5] and, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting[6] to report on commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking in Thailand.[7] Guzder was awarded a second Pulitzer Center grant to travel through Pakistan—from the southern tip of Karachi to the northern tip of Kohistan—to report for the Red Cross Red Crescent magazine[8] on the value of volunteers during the 2010 Pakistan floods.[9]

Deena Guzder
Born1984 (age 34–35)
Michigan, United States
Alma materColumbia University, Oberlin College, University of Cape Town
Occupationjournalist, author, news producer, activist

She graduated from Oberlin College in 2006 with a triple major in Peace & Conflict Resolution, Politics, and English (concentrating on Creative Writing). Guzder later earned a dual-degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and School of International and Public Affairs in 2008. As of 2014 she continued to be the youngest person to graduate from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. As an antiwar activist,[10] Guzder grew interested in the way politicians warp religion to justify warfare.[11] Although not a Christian, she said she came to greatly appreciate the Historic Peace Churches and Catholic Worker Movement.[12][13] Guzder wrote a book about the religious left titled Divine Rebels: American Christian Activists for Social Justice[14][15] Raised as a Zoroastrian, Guzder told NPR that her own beliefs center on "good words, good thoughts, good deeds".[16] Guzder also helped Shyalpa Rinpoche,[17] a Tibetan Buddhist lama, to compile his oral teachings. She also assisted Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges research his book Death of the Liberal Class.[18] She has been described as a "global nomad", having traveled to many countries on six continents.[19] As of 2014 Guzder worked at Democracy Now! in New York City.


  1. ^ "Journalist Deena Guzder". Retrieved 2012-04-21.
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  3. ^ "Theocracy & Democracy: Persian Minority Religions in Iran and America - News21 Project". Retrieved 2012-04-21.
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  5. ^ Published October 26, 2008 By deena guzder (2008-10-26). "Touch of Freedom for Untouchables". Retrieved 2012-04-21.
  6. ^ "". Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  7. ^ "Thailand: Sex Tourism, Exploited Women". Pulitzer Center. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
  8. ^ "The Magazine of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement". Archived from the original on 2014-11-01. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  9. ^ "Volunteer values". 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
  10. ^ "Print Page". Retrieved 2012-04-21.
  11. ^ "The DREW MARSHALL Show - Canada's Most Listened to Spiritual Talk Show". Retrieved 2012-04-21.
  12. ^ Guzder, Deena. "Witness Against Torture: Peace Activists Face Trial". Common Dreams. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
  13. ^ Guzder, Deena. "Daniel Berrigan: A Lifetime of Peace Activism". Common Dreams. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
  14. ^ "Divine Rebels: American Christian Activists for Social Justice (9781569762646): Deena Guzder, Roger S. Gottlieb, Shane Claiborne: Books". Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  15. ^ "Religion Review: Divine Rebels: American Christian Activists for Social Justice by Deena Guzder". 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
  16. ^ Tell Me More (2009-12-24). "Zoroastrianism An Ancient, Shrinking Religion". NPR. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
  17. ^ "". Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  18. ^ Chris Hedges, "Death of the Liberal Class" (Nation Books, 2010) p. 227
  19. ^ "Deena Guzder". Archived from the original on 2007-06-18.

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