Christof Putzel Biography
Christof Putzel is an American journalist and correspondent born in 1979 at Washington, D.C. The DuPont Award-winning journalist is a former correspondent for Al Jazeera America’s news magazine America Tonight.
Putzel attended Connecticut College where he made his first documentary, Left Behind which is about AIDS orphans in Kenya. He is a third generation journalist who developed an early fascination with the news from his grandfather.
Putzel has spend over a decade covering conflicts around the world, including the wars in Iraq and Somalia. He has also covered the drug war in Mexico, political turmoil in Yemen and Egypt, and gun violence in Chicago.
Putzel joined Al Gore’s Current TV in 2005 as one of its first employees. At the cable network, he co-created Vanguard, an award-winning investigative documentary series that ran for six seasons. In 2006, he was nominated for his first Emmy for his report from Mogadishu, Somalia about the rise and fall of the Islamic Court Union. Putzel trekked in the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo to cover the exploitation of child gold miners. He also made the treacherous journey through the desert to cross the Mexico/US border with migrants trying to reach American soil.
Chritof camped on the southern shores of Yemen, where he then discovered the bodies of more than two-dozen refugees who drowned attempting to escape the violence in Somalia.
He has made a documentary, “From Russia with Hate,” about the rise of violent attacks against immigrants in Moscow by neo-Nazi skinheads. The film won Columbia University’s Alfred I. DuPont Award and the prestigious Livingston Award for International Reporting. He got an Emmy nomination for “Lost in Democracy,” a documentary about the first democratic elections held in the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.
After Current TV was sold to Al Jazeera America, He went on to serve as a senior correspondent for the network’s flagship news magazine, America Tonight. There, he dispatched over a hundred weekly stories from 30+ states, as well as Brazil and Iraq. He also hosted a 6-part series about guns in America for the company’s digital wing, AJ+.
Christof Putzel Age
Putzel was born in 1979 in Washington, D.C., U.S and grew up in Moscow.
Christof Putzel Family
Putzel was born to Michael Putzel who covered the Vietnam War and the White House for the Associated Press and Ann Blackman who was a correspondent for Time Magazine and a reporter for the Associated Press.
Christof Putzel Grandfather
Putzel’s grandfather Samuel G. Blackman ran the Associated Press for three decades.
Christof Putzel Married | Christof Putzel Wife
Pultez married to Julia Taft on 2 June 2007. Taft is the great-granddaughter of the late Robert A. Taft, Republican senator from Ohio, and a great-great-granddaughter of President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft. The couple divorced on 25 September 2014.
Christof Putzel Left Behind
While attending Connecticut College, Putzel made his first documentary Left Behind, about AIDS orphans in Kenya.The film launched his career winning over a dozen awards at film festivals, including a Student Academy Award, the International Documentary Association’s David Wolper Award, and HBO Films Best Student Film Award.
Christof Putzel Travel Channel | Christof Putzel Mission Declassified
Putzel hosts the nine-part investigative series, Mission Declassified on Travel Channel. His stories include identifying an illegal U.S. weapons ring smuggling firearms across the border to the cartels in Mexico, and exposing the tobacco industry’s exploitation of children in Asia. He then employs his tried and true information-gathering method — using declassified government documents — to explore legendary and notorious mysteries. Each episode is one hour long and putzel decodes documents to discover new, or simply missed, clues and connections that could finally unlock decades-long cold cases.
Christof Putzel Alcatraz
The documentary Escape from Alcatraz premiered on Sunday, March 24 2019. The premiere episode begins in San Francisco, where in 1962, three prisoners escaped from Alcatraz. Officially, they died in the surrounding waters. But FBI files say otherwise. Putzel braves those same waters, hunts down inside information and goes on a manhunt across two continents to track down the whereabouts of the missing men.
Christof Putzel Salary
DuPont Award-winning journalist is believed to receive a good amount as his annual salary but the exact amount is not yet revealed.