Columbia Journalism School

1/18/12 | NEWS

Addition to Winners' Circle Events: Richard Engel to speak on Wednesday evening

Richard Engel, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent

On Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Richard Engel, chief foreign correspondent for NBC News, will return to his native New York City for a cafe-style talk at the Columbia Journalism School. Leading the conversation in the third floor Lecture Hall will be William Wheatley, current chair of the duPont-Columbia Award jury and former executive vice president of NBC News. 
Last year, NBC viewers watched much of the Arab Spring unfold as Engel traveled from sites of street protests to civil war: from the first successful uprising in Tunisia; to Tahrir Square and the days of Hosni Mubarak’s fall in Cairo, Egypt; to live ammunition clashes in Bahrain; and finally to Muammar El-Qaddafi’s stand against Libyan rebel fighters. A veteran reporter of conflict areas and a fluent Arabic speaker, Engel brought audiences up close to mortar fire in the desert as well as into peoples’ homes. 
In an interview with NBC News colleague Ed Deitch, when asked about how he manages the danger he faces so often, Engel responded, “I don’t want to get hurt, and I don’t want anyone I work with to get hurt, but you have to be where things are order to get a sense of what is going on in the world.”
The talk with Richard Engel will cap a day of panels and screenings from more of the outstanding journalists and winners of the 2012 duPont-Columbia Awards. The morning will begin with The New York Times multimedia team, which produced ambitious interactive, multimedia stories about a battalion of soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. In the afternoon, the team from Al Jazeera English’s “Fault Lines” and documentary filmmakers, The Renaud Brothers, will discuss reporting on Haiti in the year after the earthquake. 
More events will continue on Friday, January 20. Starting at 9 a.m. will be another conversation with CBS News Foreign Correspondent, Lara Logan. Culminating the week will be two panels, one with winning local investigative reporters from cities across the country and the second with science reporters from Detroit Public TV and NOVA.
For a full list of winners of the 2012 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards, visit the duPont Awards Winners Page.

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