Tom Tjelten


Reflections on Foreign Policy


Tom Gjelten covers a wide variety of global security and economic issues for National Public Radio (NPR). He brings to that assignment many year covering international news, from posts in Washington and around the world.

Gjelten’s overseas reporting includes stints in Mexico City as NPR’s Latin American correspondent and in Berlin as Central Europe correspondent.

With other NPR correspondents, Gjelten described transitions to democracy and capitalism in Eastern Europe and the breakup of the Soviet Union. His reporting from Sarajevo from 1992 to 1994 was the basis for his book Sarajevo Daily: A City and Its Newspaper Under Siege.

In addition to reporting for NPR, Gjelten is a regular panelist on the PBS program Washington Week.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota, he began his professional career as a public school teacher and a freelance writer.