Seth Hettena is a freelance writer and author based in San Diego.
A former reporter and correspondent for The Associated Press, Hettena has exposed the torture death of an Iraqi prisoner in CIA custody, the only known case of its kind. His first book, Feasting on the Spoils: The Life and Times of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, History's Most Corrupt Congressman was published in 2007.
Hettena grew up in New York, attended The Fieldston School and spent his summers in high school working on oil tankers and coal carriers running to Panama, Alaska and the Netherlands.
He is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and holds a Master's Degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1994. Before joining the AP in 1997, he worked for two Iowa newspapers.