Author, academic adventurer, filmmaker
Thomas Goltz is a journalist who specializes in the Caucasus region of the former Soviet Union, Turkey and the Middle East, and the Black Sea littoral states. He has written news, features and opinion pieces for most leading U.S. publications, and has also worked for or produced video documentaries for Nightline, the BBC, 60 Minutes and PBS. He has written four books, including the triptych of Azerbaijan Diary, Chechnya Diary, and Georgia Diary, and Assassinating Shakespeare, a memoir of his travels through Africa as a young man. He has taught at the University of Montana and Montana State University, where he led the MSU Model Arab League debate team to Rocky Mountain regional victory in 2011, and to runner-up status at the national competition in Washington D.C. in 2012. Born in Japan in 1954, Goltz grew up in North Dakota, and is currently working on a “fracking opera” about the Bakken oilfields.