Columbia Journalism School

Howard French

Expertise: INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, PHOTOJOURNALISM

Howard  French

Photo/Piotr Redlinski

Associate Professor
212-854-0163
hf2205@columbia.edu

Howard W. French received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He worked as a French-English translator in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in the early 1980s, and taught English literature at the University of Ivory Coast. His career in journalism began as a freelance reporter for The Washington Post and other publications in West Africa. He was hired by The New York Times in 1986, and worked as a metropolitan reporter for three years, and from 1990 to 2008 reported for The Times as bureau chief for Central America and the Caribbean, West Africa, Japan and the Koreas, and China in Shanghai. During this time, his work was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; he was twice the recipient of an Overseas Press Club Award, and his work has received numerous other awards.

From 2005 to 2008 alongside his correspondence for The Times, Mr. French was a weekly columnist on global affairs for the International Herald Tribune.

He is the author of "A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa" (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), which was named non-fiction book of the year by several newspapers.

He is also the author of “China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa, which was published by Knopf in May 2014. China's Second Continent was named one of 100 Notable Books of 2014 by The New York Times, and was cited by The Economist magazine, and by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2014.

 

howardwfrench.com (blog)

Twitter: @hofrench

Listen to Prof. French on BlogTalkRadio

 

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