Tim Golden is a journalist and filmmaker who has worked primarily on issues of national security, foreign policy and criminal justice. His most recent project, the feature-length documentary film “Elián,” which he wrote and co-directed, had its premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast by CNN and the BBC.
Golden was previously the founding managing editor for news and investigations of The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization focused on the U.S. criminal justice system. Before that, he spent two decades at The New York Times as an investigative reporter, foreign correspondent and national correspondent. He covered both Central America and South America for the Miami Herald, and started his reporting career on the foreign desk at United Press International in Washington.
Golden’s journalism honors include two shared Pulitzer Prizes, the 1998 award for international reporting and the 1987 prize for national reporting. He has served as a story consultant on several feature films, including Stephen Soderbergh’s Oscar-winning “Traffic,” and “Ché.” Alex Gibney’s “Taxi to the Dark Side,” which won the Academy Award for feature documentary, was based on Golden’s investigative reporting into military abuses at the Bagram detention center in Afghanistan. He has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the New America Foundation, and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University.