Kaj Larsen is an American journalist working for Vice News. He worked for the Vanguard international news documentary investigative reporting show on Current TV beginning in 2005. In 2010, he became a producer and correspondent for CNN until he was laid off in 2012 after CNN abolished their investigative news departments.
Larsen was born in Santa Cruz, California. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a degree in political science and a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was awarded a fellowship from the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. He was also a joint fellow at Tufts University Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism studies. He was a Navy SEAL for five years.
Larsen helped develop the Vanguard journalism series, which received an Emmy Award. He had himself waterboarded on TV and was the first western TV journalist in Mogadishu in over a decade. He has reported from Yemen, Cambodia, Colombia, and Haiti.
In 2010, Larsen joined CNN as a correspondent for the Special Investigations and Documentary Unit covering the drug war in Mexico, the floods in Pakistan and Wikileaks. He has appeared as a guest on ABC, NBC, MSNBC, and The Huffington Post. He was the senior correspondent and host of Current TV’s The Current Election and has consulted on Aaron Sorkin’s HBO fictional news program The Newsroom. As a producer Larsen worked on US Navy Pirate Hunters, a one-hour special for Spike TV, and Lockup, the MSNBC show about life in an American prison. He has received an Emmy nomination, a Peabody nomination, two Telly Awards, and several Golden Cine Awards. A two time national champion open-water swimmer, he placed third in the Escape from Alcatraz duathalon. He helped launch The Mission Continues, providing fellowships to veterans, and continues to serve on the group’s board of directors. He is close friends with Eric Greitens, founder of The Mission Continues, as both served as SEALs in Iraq.
Larsen is a practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai and has competed in several mixed martial arts competitions.
AnnaLynne McCord Presents Together1Heart’s Beyond The Veil Ball and discusses with host Erin Mooney the impact of human trafficking awareness. Celebrity interviews include Rachel McCord, Gabriella Wright, Lindsay McCormick, Ali Levine, Anthony Pazos & Kaj Larsen.
AnnaLynne McCord, Matt Lanter, Serinda Swan, Jessica Stroup, Annie Wilson talk to host Erin Mooney about supporting Somaly’s Foundation at a special red carpet cocktail event in West Hollywood to benefit the Somaly Mam Foundation.
Somali Mam, Ron Livingston, Rosemarie Dewitt, Annalynne McCord, Guy Sebastian support Somaly Mam Foundation’s Project Futures. Project Futures global is a new platform where volunteers, activists and young professionals can join together in the fight against modern-slavery. Promoter Chris Talbott of the Cause Effect Agency was responsible for the event.