In 1999, Tracy Walder was a 20-year-old junior at the University of Southern California and a member of USC’s Delta Gamma sorority. She was also a history buff and an avowed news junkie who planned to be a teacher. Those plans were upended when she met a CIA recruiter at a job fair. After graduating from USC, she joined the CIA's global anti-terrorism operations. The story of Walder’s five-year service at the CIA, her globe-spanning work in the agency's post-9/11 pursuit of Al-Qaeda operatives, and her subsequent stint as an FBI counterintelligence agent, is compellingly told in her new memoir, The Unexpected Spy: From CIA to The FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World’s Most Notorious Terrorists. Published by St. Martin's Press, it's co-written with best-selling novelist Jessica Anya Blau. Tracy Walder joins Tom in Studio A. This conversation was livestreamed on WYPR's Facebook page. Watch the video here.
In "The Unexpected Spy," Tracy Walder Recalls Her Service In The CIA's War On Terrorism
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