Renown U.S. newsman joins A.M. Costa Rica as consultant

Renowned U.S. and international newsman Lou Kilzer has agreed to serve as senior editorial consultant for A.M. Costa Rica and its related newspapers.

Kilzer, who now lives in Escazú, has twice won the Pulitzer Prize, the most prestigious American journalism award.

He is the former editor-in-chief of the English-language JoongAng Daily in Seoul, South Korea, which is published with the International New York Times.

In his advisory role, Kilzer will provide access to many more reporting resources for editors, reporters and interns. He is an expert in the news coverage of  corruption and of Asia.

Kilzer’s background includes the May 1985 series in The Denver, Colorado, Post,  “The Truth about Missing Children,” which provided an in-depth study of missing children. The articles revealed that most were involved in custody disputes or runaways. At the time it helped to mitigate national fears stirred by exaggerated statistics. The reporting won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1986.

Kilzer won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting while working at the Minneapolis, Minnesota, Star Tribune.

He and a colleague exposed a network of local citizens who had links to members of the St. Paul Fire Department and who profited from fires, including some described by the fire department itself as being of suspicious origin, according to the citation.

More recently in 2012, while he was working at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers named Kilzer a winner in its 17th Best of Business competition, which honors excellence in business and financial journalism. He was the winner in the category of explanatory journalism for ongoing coverage of China’s drive to gain America’s technology.

Kilzer also worked at the Denver Rocky Mountain News, and several smaller newspapers at the beginning of his career. He is a 1973 graduate of Yale University where he earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in philosophy.

Kilzer also has written two books on World War II for which he gained unprecedented access to the archives of the Russian spy apparatus, the KGB.

The first was the 1994 book “Churchill’s Deception: The Dark Secret That Destroyed Nazi Germany.” The book says that Winston Churchill tricked Adolf Hitler into invading the Soviet Union by creating a phony peace party, contrived and fostered by the British Secret Service.

The book “Hitler’s Traitor: Martin Bormann and the Defeat of the Reich” came out in 2000. In it Kilzer identified Bormann, secretary and second in command to Hitler and head of the Nazi chancellery, and Heinrich Müller, commandant of the Gestapo, as Soviet agents.

Kilzer said he moved to Costa Rica so he could continue writing books and novels and to consider the country as a future retirement location for him and his wife, Elizabeth.

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