Trevor Aaronson

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Trevor Aaronson
Occupation Journalist

Trevor Aaronson is an American journalist. He is a contributing writer at The Intercept[1] and author of The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism. He was a 2020 ASU Future Security Fellow at New America[2] and a 2015 TED Fellow.[3]

Aaronson is the creator and host of the documentary podcasts American ISIS, which tells the story of Russell Dennison, an American who joined the Islamic State as a fighter in Syria;[4] and Chameleon: High Rollers, which investigates an FBI undercover operation in Las Vegas.[5]

Aaronson described how he had been waiting for the release of "Tareena: Return from ISIS", because Tareena Shakil, the subject of the documentary, had, briefly, been married to Shakil, in late 2014, and early 2015.[6]

Aaronson has won the Molly National Journalism Prize,[7] the Data Journalism Award[8] and the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award.[9]


  • The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism, Ig Publishing, 2013, ISBN 978-1935439615


  1. "Trevor Aaronson" (in en-US). 
  2. "Trevor Aaronson" (in en). 
  3. "Meet the 2015 class of TED Fellows and Senior Fellows". December 17, 2014. 
  4. AaronsonJuly 15 2021, Trevor AaronsonTrevor; P.m, 12:31. "An American ISIS Fighter Describes the Caliphate’s Final Days — and His Own" (in en). 
  5. "Why a diet clinic entrepreneur was perfect subject for season 2 of investigative podcast 'Chameleon'" (in en). 
  6. Trevor Aaronson (2021-11-15). "British wife of American wife of American ISIS fighter Russell Dennison dodges questions about union: In a new documentary, Tareena Shakil, whose marriage to Dennison was first revealed in an Intercept podcast, describes her journey to the Islamic State.". The Intercept. Archived from the original on 2021-12-04. Retrieved 2021-12-16. "The injury prevented him from being an effective fighter, so in 2014 he settled down in Raqqa and visited a matchmaker in a house filled with dozens of single women waiting to be married. Dennison wanted a Syrian wife, but the ISIS matchmaker preferred to arrange marriages between foreign men and foreign women. He suggested to Dennison a young British woman who’d come to Syria with her 1-year-old son." 
  7. "Paul Krugman Keynotes and Trevor Aaronson Wins Top Award at The 2012 MOLLY National Journalism Prize Dinner". Texas Observer. June 8, 2012. 
  8. "Mother Jones Wins International Data Journalism Award for FBI Terrorism Informant Database". Mother Jones. May 31, 2012. 
  9. "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Mother Jones Magazine Win 2012 John Jay College/H.F. Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards". John Jay College. January 17, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-01-20. 

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