Former Newsweek bureau chief to discuss war correspondents
Former Newsweek bureau chief Scott Johnson will visit Salve Regina Tuesday, June 4 to discuss how war correspondents get the news from the front lines to the home front. Sponsored by the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, his lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in the Young Building.
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 us what’s happening in some of the world’s most dangerous places.
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.
Johnson’s book, “The Wolf and the Watchman,” was recently released by W.W. Norton & Company. 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. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested. For more information, or to reserve a seat, contact the Pell Center at (401) 341-2927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.