Tobar is a novelist, journalist and the author of four books. “Deep Down Dark” is the product of three years of reporting. He conducted hundreds of hours of interviews with all 33 survivors of the 2010 mine disaster in northern Chile, including Urzúa. Tobar earned an MFA in creative writing at the prestigious fiction writing program at UC Irvine. For a decade, he was a national and foreign correspondent for the L.A. Times. Look for a story on Tobar in the next issue of the RSF Review (Jan. 29).
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