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A BULLET IN THE HEAD

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, 20 June 1979 — As it became clear that the U.S.-backed Somoza dynasty was in trouble, journalists from around the world converged on Managua to cover this “David vs. Goliath” story: An impoverished people rose up to cast off a cruel, oppressive regime supported for decades by the most powerful nation on the […]

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Masachapa

MASACHAPA, Nicaragua — We had a cooler full of cold beer between the bucket seats. We usually packed bread and cheese and fruit. I had mounted a great sound system with huge speakers in the back of my vehicle, a 1969 International Harvester Scout off-road vehicle that muscled its way up the hills and around […]

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LA MONTANA, Nicaragua, 1980s — The mountains of northern Nicaragua enjoy a mystique all their own. Nicaraguans refer to them not in the plural, “the mountains,” but in the singular, “La Montaña,” or “The Mountain,” as if the rugged backbone of the country were a single entity, one special realm apart from, but still within, Nicaragua. […]

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THIS is a patriot

WASHINGTON, DC, 16 January 2021 — We hear the word, “patriot,” bantered around so much these days that it deserves some clarification. So, I present you the man in this picture. He responded to the calls of a true president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to defend his country, the United States of America. This man did […]

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AU-Pulitzer Center Int’l Reporting Fellowship Winners

WASHINGTON, DC, 30 April 2020 — We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s AU-Pulitzer Center International Reporting Fellowships, selected from a highly competitive field of applicants from across American University (AU). Emily Hayes (L) is a graduate student studying international journalism and public affairs. Her research focuses on rural depopulation and economic migration […]

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FREELANCERS at Newseum

WASHINGTON, DC, 28 November 2019 — We are delighted to announce the screening on Saturday 14 December 2019 of my documentary film, FREELANCERS: Mexico, at the Newseum in our nation’s capital. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers, and other professional journalists familiar with the challenges facing freelance […]

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