Tyler Bridges is a
free-lancer based in Lima, Peru. He was previously the South American
bureau chief for the Miami Herald. Before that he worked for the Miami
Herald as the newpaper's chief political correspondent, based in Miami,
and as a Capitol reported based in Tallahassee. Tyler has been a
member of two Pulitzer-prize winning teams at the Herald, in 1999 and
2001 (for investigative reporting and deadline reporting, respectively).
he was a reporter for The Times-Picayune of New Orleans. During
that time, he broke the major stories on David Duke as the former
Ku Klux Klan grand wizard rose to political prominence. That coverage
led to Tyler's first book, The Rise of David Duke, published in
1994 by the University Press of Mississippi.
demise in Louisiana, the next big story there was the legalization
of gambling. Tyler spent three years covering that story, and that
is the subject of his newest book, Bad Bet on the Bayou: The Rise
of Gambling in Louisiana, and the Fall of Governor Edwin Edwards.
For the Duke
and gambling coverage at The Times-Picayune, Tyler won the "best
investigative reporter" from the New Orleans Press Club in 1991,
1992 and 1996. He finished runnerup in 1990, 1993 and 1995. (He
also won deadline and feature story awards from the press club.)
For his work
on the Tulane University scholarship scandal, he won the highest
honor in 1996 from the press club, the Alex Waller Award, as well
as the Joseph L. Brecher Freedom of Information Award in 1996 from
the University of Florida and the Margaret Dixon Freedom of Information
Award in 1995 from the Associated Press Managing Editors Association
of Louisiana and Mississippi.
Tyler also has
written for such magazines as George, The New Republic, the Washington
Monthly, Casino Executive and Stanford.
Tyler was a free-lance reporter in South America, writing from 10
countries for the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the
Christian Science Monitor and other newspapers.
Tyler worked as a reporter for The Daily Journal, Caracas' English-language
Tyler was editor of People & Taxes, a monthly newspaper published
by Ralph Nader's Public Citizen.
In 1982, he
graduated with a degree in political science from Stanford University,
where he was a member of the Leland Stanford Junior University marching
band. Tyler grew up in Palo Alto.