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Greg Mortenson

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Greg Mortenson

American humanitarian, professional speaker, writer, and former mountaineer add

Category: Exploration

Born in 1957.

Countries: United States (22%), Minnesota (15%), Montana (15%)

Main connections: K2, Montana, Jon Krakauer

Linked to: Central Asia Institute, Outside, Concordia College, Silicon Valley




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Greg Mortenson was born in 1957 add something


In the early 1970s, when he was 15 years old, Mortenson and his family left Tanzania and moved back to Minnesota add something


He attended Ramsey High School in Roseville, Minnesota, from 1973 to 1975 add something


After high school, Mortenson served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1975 to 1977 as a medic and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal add something


Mortenson graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in liberal studies and an associate's degree in nursing add something


As a result of an interview for the piece "Three Cups of Deceit", Krakauer quotes Darsney as stating when their team took on K2 in 1993, "Mortenson 'didn't even know Korphe existed add something


As described in his first book, "Three Cups of Tea", Mortenson stated that he travelled to northern Pakistan in 1993 in order to climb the world's second highest mountain, K2, as a memorial to honor his sister Christa's memory add something


Mortenson further stated, "The time about our final days on K2 and ongoing journey to Korphe village and Skardu is a compressed version of events that took place in the fall of 1993 add something


In particular, CBS News disputed Mortenson's claim that he got lost near K2 and ended up in Korphe; that he was captured by the Taliban in 1996; whether the number of schools built and supported by CAI is accurate; and the propriety in the use of CAI funds for Mortenson's book tours add something


From 2006 through 2011, Greg Mortenson promoted his book as well as fundraising and promoting girls education through public speaking events at schools throughout the United States add something


Due to attention paid to Mortenson's books first by their wives, US military leaders in Afghanistan sought Mortenson's advice on how to work with the elders of local Afghan communities since 2007 add something


An honorary degree previously awarded to Mortenson in 2008 by the University of Washington is currently being reconsidered by that school's chancellor add something


As a deeper look into Mortenson's business dealings, British journalist Jonathan Foreman wrote in a 2008 "Daily Telegraph" story that CAI's success is due in part to Mortenson's use of intuition and that he makes decisions at the last minute add something


In regard to Mortenson's management style at CAI, Nicholas Kristof has said that Mortenson is "utterly disorganized," and added, "I am deeply troubled that only 41 percent of the money raised in 2009 went to build schools add something


As of 2010, CAI reports it has established or significantly supported 171 schools in rural and often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, providing education to over 64,000 children, including 54,000 girls, where few education opportunities previously existed add something


Travel expenses for his speaking engagements were paid for by Central Asia Institute through the end of 2010 add something


"The New York Times", July 17, 2010 add something


Mortenson has since stated in a 2011 interview that the timing in the Korphe account in "Three Cups of Tea" is inaccurate and that the events actually took place over a longer period of time and during separate trips add something


The University of Georgia was scheduled to bestow its Delta Prize for Global Understanding to Greg Mortenson in 2011, but decided to vacate the presentation of the award add something


The list was released in December, 2011 add something


In April 2011, he was accused of fabrication in his non-fiction books and of financial improprieties at his charity, Central Asia Institute add something


In an April 2011 "Outside" magazine interview, Greg Mortenson insists that Krakauer contacted him only once and inaccurately claimed that he had been trying to get a hold of the leader of CAI for some time add something


In May 2011, Jean Price and Michele Reinhart, Democratic Party representatives in Montana, along with Dan Donovan, a Great Falls, Montana attorney, filed a class action lawsuit against Mortenson and are asking a federal judge in Missoula to place all proceeds from the purchases of Mortenson's books into a trust to be used for humanitarian purposes add something


In Illinois, former school teacher Deborah Netter, dropped her Illinois lawsuit against Mortenson in early July 2011, joining the Montana lawsuit suit in mid-July add something


Jon Krakauer - Krakauer was featured during a CBS "60 Minutes" report on April 17, 2011 where "60 Minutes" reporter Steve Kroft raised questions about humanitarian Greg Mortenson and the non-profit Central Asia Institute


The lawsuit was dismissed with prejuduce in federal court in May 2012 add something


As detailed in a "New York Times" article, Relin "suffered emotionally and financially as basic facts in the book were called into question" and ultimately committed suicide on November 15, 2012 add something


"The New York Times", December 2, 2012 add something


Jon Krakauer - On April 5, 2012, the Montana Attorney General's office released a report noting financial "missteps" by CAI and Greg Mortenson


In October 2013, a class-action lawsuit claiming damages against Greg Mortenson over "Three Cups of Tea" was rejected by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals add something


An appeals suit was dropped by the 9th District Federal Circuit Court on October 10, 2013 add something


In January 2014, Mortenson interviewed on "Today" with Tom Brokaw add something


In August 2014 Krakauer wrote a follow-up article for The Daily Beast in which he stated that an audit of CAI's overseas projects indicated that the charity was still "beset by widespread corruption" and that Mortenson remaining as the public face of the charity was not "in the best interest of the charity or the people it serves" add something


In May 2015, the Montana Attorney General stated that Central Asia Institute and Greg Mortenson had completed the terms of a three year compliance monitoring period, and CAI stated that the IRS had completed its examination of the nonprofit add something


Journalist Jennifer Jordan began investigating the claims against Mortenson in a 2016 Documentary "3000 Cups of Tea" add something