Erik Kirschbaum is a foreign correspondent based in Berlin. Kirschbaum has worked for Reuters, the Los Angeles Times, and other newspapers from Europe since 1989. He is also the executive director of the RIAS Berlin Commission, a German-American exchange program for broadcast journalists. A native of New York City, he grew up in Connecticut and studied history and German at the University of Wisconsin. He has covered World Cups and Olympics, and is the author of Soccer Without Borders, Juergen Klinsmann, Coaching the U.S. Men’s National Team and the Quest for the World Cup, Burning Beethoven: The Eradication of German Culture in the United States during World War I, Rocking the Wall: Bruce Springsteen: The Berlin Concert That Changed the World, and Swim and Bike and Run: Triathlon — The Sporting Trinity.