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December 5, 2010
John F. Burns
London Bureau Chief, The New York Times
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John F. Burns BIO:
CURRENT
·London Bureau Chief, The New York Times

PREVIOUS
·Iraq bureau chief, The New York Times (2002-2007)
·Toronto bureau chief, The New York Times (1987-1991)
·Beijing bureau chief, The New York Times (1984-1986)
·Moscow bureau chief, The New York Times (1981-1984)
·Reporter for Metropolitan Section, The New York Times (1975)
·Reporter, Toronto Globe and Mail (1971-1975)

NYT FOREIGN ASSIGNMENTS
·South Africa 1976-1980
·Afghanistan 1989-1991 and 1994-2002
·Bosnia and Croatia 1991-1994
·India 1994-1998

AWARDS
· Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting 1993 and 1996
· George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting 1978 and 1996

EDUCATION
·McGill University
·Studied Russian at Harvard
·Studied Chinese at Cambridge




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Info: Our guest is John F. Burns, longtime foreign correspondent for The New York Times and currently the paperís London Bureau Chief. Winner of two Pulitzer prizes (1993 and 1997), his international postings have included Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Beijing, Moscow, South Africa and others. In 1986, as China Bureau Chief, he was jailed on charges of spying. The charges were later dropped. Mr. Burns began at the Times in 1975 as a writer in the Metropolitan section. Prior to that he worked for The Toronto Globe and Mail. In addition to the Pulitzers, he has twice won the George Polk Award for foreign reporting (1978 and 1996). Topics for this interview include: His life as a foreign correspondent and war correspondent and his plans to write about it The current situation in Iraq and Afghanistan Politics of the UK and the impact of planned cuts in Britainís defense budget





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