Ann Louise Bardach
Ann Louise Bardach

Ann Louise Bardach

Journalist, Author, Foreign Correspondent and Cuban Affairs Expert

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Speaking Topics

  • Cuba
  • The Middle East
  • Foreign Policy
  • Islamic Fundamentalism and Women
  • Cuba/Miami/Washington Relations and Policy
  • The Life of Vivekananda

Travels From

  • CA

Speaker's Fee Range

    $7,500 - $10,000

Ann Louise Bardach

Ann Louise Bardach's Key Accomplishments Include . . .
Ann Louise Bardach is a critically-acclaimed author, speaker and award-winning reporter with a broad array of expertise.  She is widely considered the go-to reporter on all things Cuba and Miami. She is also regarded as the leading journalistic authority on Vivekananda, the first missionary from the East to the West who popularized yoga and Vedanta in the U.S. and Europe in the late 1890s.  Her articles on Swami Vivekananda, the "Patriot Saint" of India, in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal's magazine garnered international attention and acclaim, leading to both a book and film deal. 

In 2013, the government of India will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Vivekananda’s birth. Celebrations are scheduled in every major city in India throughout the year to commemorate the young monk from Calcutta who fundamentally changed the way that millions of people think about the world and themselves.     

Ann Louise Bardach is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal magazine, was a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair for a decade and has written for The New York Times, Washington Post Outlook, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

Ms. Bardach is also the author of Without Fidel: A Death Foretold in Miami, Havana and Washington and Cuba Confidential: Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana,  the editor of The Prison Letters of Fidel Castro as well as Cuba: A Travelers Literary Companion. She also serves on The Brookings Institution's Cuba Study Project and is a special correspondent for CBS News.

She has appeared on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Dateline, CNN, Nightline, The O'Reilly Factor, Charlie Rose and has been a guest on National Public Radio dozens of times, as well as PRI's Marketplace. Ms. Bardach also created and wrote the Global Buzz column for Newsweek International and the Interrogation column for Slate.

More About Speaker, Ann Louise Bardach. . . 
Ann Louise Bardach won the PEN USA Award for Journalism in 1995 for her reporting on Mexican politics, and was a finalist in 1994 for her coverage of women in Islamic countries.

Her book, Cuba Confidential was a finalist for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, the PEN USA Award for Best Nonfiction, and named one of the “Ten Best Books of 2002” by the Los Angeles Times. Ms. Bardach was also a finalist for the 2005 PEN USA Award for Journalism for the ground-breaking story on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's ties with the tabloids - published in Los Angeles magazine.

Ann Bardach created the International Journalism class at UC Santa Barbara's Global Studies Department and is on the board of UCSB's Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television and New Media and is a Resident Fellow at the Orfalea Center at UCSB.
Suggested Keynote Programs
  • Vivekananda: The Birth of the New Age; the First Missionary of the East to the West
  • Cuba/ Miami Politics
  • Foreign Policy
  • Islamic Fundamentalism and Women
  • Crime Reporting: from Manson to JonBenet to Ronnie Chasen