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. He lives in Pasadena, CA.
Ralph Frammolino reported for nearly 25 years at the Los Angeles Times. His work has also appeared in the New York Times and the Columbia Journalism Review. Frammolino is now a media consultant for various aid projects in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, where he trains working journalists on investigative reporting techniques and right to information laws.
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; 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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