This blog is written and maintained by Jason Felch. The book Chasing Aphrodite was written by Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino.
Jason Felch is an award-winning investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times. He has written on topics such as arms trafficking, forensic DNA, disaster fraud, money laundering, public education and corruption in the art world.
Ralph Frammolino reported for nearly 25 years at the Los Angeles Times. Frammolino is now a Senior Executive at GFBunting, a crisis and strategic communication firm. Before that he worked as a media consultant for various aid projects in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Chasing Aphrodite has been awarded the California Book Award, the SAFE Beacon Award and the ARCA Award for Art Crime Scholarship. In 2006, Felch and Frammolino were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for exposing the role of the J. Paul Getty Museum and other American museums in the black market for looted antiquities.
The authors are available for speaking engagements on topics including museum ethics; the illicit antiquities trade; art crime and international law enforcement; cultural patrimony and heritage; the ethics and law of collecting; the history of the J. Paul Getty Museum; crisis management; and investigative journalism.
The museum scandals described in the book have local relevance for cities including Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Toledo, Princeton, Dallas/Ft. Worth, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Denver, New Haven, and Washington DC.
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