Will Potter

Investigative journalist

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About Will


Will Potter is an award-winning journalist, author, and TED Fellow based in Washington, D.C. who focuses on the animal rights and environmental movements, and civil liberties post-9/11. Currently he is examining how whistleblowers and non-violent protesters are being treated as "terrorists."

His reporting and commentary have been featured in the world's top media outlets, including the Washington PostNPRRolling StoneEl Pais, and Le Monde. He has testified before the U.S. Congress about his reporting, as the only witness opposing the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

Will has lectured at more than 150 universities and public forums about his work, including Georgetown University, the New York City Bar Association, and the House of Democracy and Human Rights in Berlin. International speaking tours have included Germany, Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Spain, and he is the international guest lecturer for Australia's 2014 animal law lecture series. He is also an advisory board member of the Rosenberg Fund for Children.

His reporting has overturned criminal prosecutions, and it has both been praised in Congressional reports and monitored by the Counter-Terrorism Unit. His book, Green Is The New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siegewas awarded a a Kirkus Star for “remarkable merit."




  • Johns Hopkins University; Writing
  • University of Texas at Austin; Journalism

Job Titles

Author, journalist

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Greenwald does a great job conveying both the scale of this repression and animal abuse. I was already a huge fan but wow -- very well done.
28 Jul

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Will Potter on the TED blog