Caitriona Palmer is a freelance journalist living in Washington and has written for the Irish Independent, the Irish Times, the Irish Echo, the Glasgow Sunday Herald, RTE Radio, BBC, and the Global Radio Network.
From 2002 – 2004, Caitriona was the Iran correspondent for the Irish Times based in Tehran. During this time she also filed dispatches for RTE Radio and the BBC and reported from the Kurdish front in northern Iraq during the 2004 Iraq war.
Before becoming a journalist, Caitriona worked in human rights, specializing in war- related missing person cases. She worked in post-war Bosnia for Physicians for Human Rights, an American non-profit tasked with identifying the dead of the Srebrenica massacre. In 1999, Caitriona joined the prosecution team of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to work on the trial of a Bosnian Serb general charged with genocide in the Srebrenica massacre.
Caitriona was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. She received a Bachelor’s degree in history and politics from University College Dublin and in 1995 won a Fulbright Scholarship to complete her master’s at Boston College. That trip to Boston was the first leg on an unexpected immigrant odyssey that included Bosnia, London, Holland, Iran and Washington.
Caitriona is married to a fellow journalist who she met in Bosnia. They have three children and live in Washington. An Affair with my Mother is Caitriona’s first book.