Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent Peter Arnett will visit the West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism Wednesday, Nov. 17, to discuss the changes in the media and its coverage of wars.
Arnett will speak at 6 p.m. in Room 205 Martin Hall as a part of the Ogden Newspapers Seminar Series hosted by Dr. George Esper, the Ogden Newspapers Visiting Professor. His speech,”From Vietnam to Iraq : A Changing Media World,”will focus on how media coverage of war has evolved over the last half of the 20th century and into the 21st century.
The event is open to the public.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Peter’s caliber come here and speak to our students,”said Acting SOJ Dean Maryanne Reed.”Peter’s experience as an international correspondent covering Vietnam and the two Gulf Wars is fascinating and relevant to students contemplating careers in war reporting and global journalism.”
Arnett has spent a lifetime covering wars and international crises for major American news organizations, most recently 2003’s Gulf War II and the long bloody aftermath.
Arnett is best known for his live television coverage from Baghdad during the first Gulf War in 1991. His coverage is credited with making CNN a household name. Millions of viewers tuned in around the world to watch his dramatic accounts of the intense bombing campaignand his interview with President Saddam Hussein. Arnett won a television Emmy. During the 1990s Arnett continued covering Baghdad . He is currently living much of his time in Baghdad , writing magazine articles and a book about the fall of the Baath regime.
Forty years ago as a young news correspondent, Arnett began covering the Vietnam War for the Associated Press. That assignment would last 13 years, from the buildup of U.S. military advisers in the early 1960s to the fall of Saigon in 1975.
Arnett wrote more than 3,000 news stories from Vietnam for the AP, mainly eyewitness accounts of major battles between American forces and the North Vietnamese army. The writer-historian David Halberstam described Arnett as”the best reporter of the whole Vietnam war.”Halberstam wrote,”he is the journalist most respected and beloved by his peers. No one saw more combat and no one would put himself more on the line.”
Arnett received a Pulitzer Prize and many other awards for his Vietnam coverage.
Arnett has received 57 major journalism awards for his reporting over the years, and has received honorary doctorate degrees from universities in the United States and Brazil .