Letta Tayler researches the Yemen uprising and transition as well as abuses stemming from terrorist acts and counterterrorism tactics abroad, particularly in Asia and the Middle East. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Tayler was a journalist for more than two decades, most recently at Newsday. She has reported from nearly three dozen countries and has chronicled events ranging from the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the bombings of Tora Bora to the London subway attacks, the tsunami in Indonesia and the presidential campaign of Barack Obama. Tayler was one of the first reporters to detail allegations of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib and has written extensively about detainees at Guantánamo. A former rock music critic, she also has profiled stars from Lou Reed to Britney Spears. Tayler speaks Spanish, French and Italian. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Barnard College.
Senior Researcher Terrorism/Counterterrorism Division