John Otis is based in Bogota, Colombia, where he also writes for Time magazine. Otis served for eight years as South America Bureau Chief for the Houston Chronicle and also covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for the newspaper. In the 1990s, he reported on Central America for the Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle and United Press International. He was twice honored by the Overseas Press Club for his coverage of Latin American affairs. He is the author of a new book, "Law of the Jungle" — about the kidnapping and rescue of three U.S. military contractors in Colombia.