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Former Taliban captive to teach at Brown

September 20, 2011

David Rohde, the New York Times reporter who escaped from Taliban captivity in 2009, is now heading to Brown University. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Rohde, who graduated from Brown in 1990.

A current columnist for Reuters, Rhode has won two Pulitzers: the first in 1996 for his coverage of the Srebrenica massacre, and the second in 2009 as part of the Times team covering Afghanistan and Pakistan. He will teach a class on nonfiction writing in the spring of 2012.

Rohde and two Afghan colleagues spent seven months as Taliban captives after they were abducted by a Taliban commander who invited them to an interview. Rohde and his wife, Kristen Mulvihill, a 1991 Brown graduate, recently published a book about his kidnapping titled A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping From Two Sides.

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