Larry Siems is the Knight Institute's chief of staff. Siems is a writer and free expression advocate who served for many years as Director of Freedom to Write and International programs at PEN America. He has written extensively on domestic and international human rights and censorship issues for The Guardian, The New York Times, The Nation, and a number of other publications, and is the author of The Torture Report: What the Documents Say About America’s Post-9/11 Torture Program and the editor of Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary, a New York Times bestselling book that has been translated into 22 languages. Siems graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in English and Classical Greek, and has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University.