Journalist, former CNN correspondent in Madrid
Al was a CNN correspondent for more than 20 years, reporting on camera in English for CNN’s networks and in Spanish for CNN en Español. He covered the Madrid train bombings, was part of CNN’s team investigating terrorist links in Spain to the September 11th attacks in the United States, and he has covered terrorist attacks in Istanbul, their aftermath in Casablanca, as well as numerous Basque ETA attacks in Spain.
His television news awards include a National Headliner, a Peabody, an Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University award and an Emmy.
Before joining CNN full-time in 2000, he was a freelance correspondent for nearly five years for The New York Times, writing bylined stories on numerous subjects, concurrently with CNN freelance work. Earlier, Al freelanced for National Public Radio, Business Week, and the Wine Spectator, among others.
He is co-author of “The World on a String: How to Become a Freelance Foreign Correspondent” (Henry Holt, NY), a primer of advice and anecdotes that has been used at American journalism schools. He has spoken to classes at Columbia University in New York; Northwestern University in Chicago (his alma mater); and in Madrid at IE, Syracuse University, la Universidad Europea and la Universidad de Francisco de Vitoria. Al is also a member of the board of the American School of Madrid.