Matthew Schofield spent 35 years as a journalist. He began in the 1980s writing about the American Midwest and left the profession in 2018 while investigating President Trump and the possibility of collusion with Russia during the 2016 election. In between, he reported from wars in Iraq, Israel, Turkey and Ukraine, spent more than a decade writing about international terrorism, and worked in more than 60 countries on four continents. His most well-known works include a series on post release Guantanamo Bay detainees, the Chernobyl aftermath, a series titled Meth Diary, the Ishaqi incident in Iraq and vampires in Romania. He was the European Bureau Chief for both Knight Ridder and McClatchy Newspapers. Among his dozens of journalism awards is a first place in an Investigative Reporters and Editors contest. He was a Harvard University Neiman Fellow in 2001-02.