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Elizabeth Farnsworth

Advisory Board Member


Elizabeth Farnsworth is an Advisory Board Member with the Human Rights Center. She is a filmmaker, foreign correspondent, and former chief correspondent and principal substitute anchor of PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Her 2008 documentary, The Judge and the General, co-directed with Patricio Lanfranco, aired on television around the world, winning many awards. She has reported on television and in print from Cambodia, Vietnam, Botswana, Chile, Peru, Haiti, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, among other countries. Her articles have appeared in many publications, including The San Francisco Chronicle, Foreign Policy, World Policy, Mother Jones, and The Nation. Her memoir, A Train through Time: A Life, Real and Imagined, was published by Counterpoint Press in 2017.  She has received three Emmy nominations and is a recipient of the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award. She graduated from Middlebury College and received a Master’s Degree in Latin American History from Stanford University.