Former Student Corresponds From “Most Dangerous Country”

WASHINGTON, 3 October 2010 — It’s not every day that a university professor sees his student’s work in The New York Times. But that’s exactly what happened recently when I ran across a piece by Shaheryar Mirza, a former student in my Foreign Correspondence class. Shaheryar was kind enough to answer a number of my questions about his work. It’s not exactly backpack journalism but his is a compelling perspective about journalism, foreign correspondence, his home country of Pakistan and the U.S. role in the region. You can see The New York Times piece and read the entire interview at

— Bill Gentile