War Correspondent: Getting news from the frontline to the home-front
A conversation with former Newsweek Bureau Chief Scott Johnson
War correspondents are a special breed. To get that story about life in Iraq or Afghanistan, or wherever conflict spreads, they endure more than most during a typical day in the office. From kidnappings and ambushes to improvised explosive devices and third world roads, reporters face an array of logistical and security challenges to tell the world what’s happening in some of the world’s most dangerous places.
Scott Johnson, former Newsweek Bureau Chief and author of The Wolf and the Watchman has worked that beat. Join him as he discusses his journey from September 11th to the present day…
Scott Johnson has spent much of the last decade in the Middle East, covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and in Africa, reporting on politics and current affairs. He has been the chief of Newsweek’s Mexico, Baghdad, and Africa bureaus, as well as a special correspondent from Paris. He has appeared in various American media, including on CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio, and his work has been featured in publications such as Granta, The New York Times and National Geographic Explorer.
His book, The Wolf and the Watchman, is being released by W.W. Norton & Company on May 22, 2013. It is a personal story of how he grew up as the son of a CIA officer, only to find out in his later years that his own field of journalism was not so different than his father’s spy business. (A book signing will follow the lecture.)
Date: June 4, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Pell Center
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