- Georgie Anne Geyer
Georgie Anne Geyer (born
April 2 1935) is an American journalistand columnistfor the Universal Press Syndicate. Her columns focus on foreign affairsissues and appear in approximately 120 newspapers in North and Latin America. She is the author of several books, including a biographyof Fidel Castro.
Geyer was born in
Chicago. She graduated from the Medill School of Journalismat Northwestern Universityin 1956, where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omegasorority. She attended the University of Viennaon a Fulbright Scholarship. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Russian.
Her first job was with the Chicago "Southtown Economist". From 1959 to 1974, Geyer was a reporter for the now-defunct "
Chicago Daily News", where she worked from society reporting to the news desk and eventually foreign correspondent. After leaving the paper she began her syndicated column.
In 1973, she was the first Western reporter to interview
Saddam Hussein, then Vice President of Iraq, and has also interviewed Yasser Arafat, Anwar Sadat, King Husseinof Jordan, Muammar al-Gaddafi, and the Ayatollah Khomeini. She has reported on rebels in the Dominican Republic, held by authorities in Angolafor her reporting during the civil war, and threatened with death by the White Handdeath squads in Guatemala.
Geyer has more than 21 honorary degrees, including three from Northwestern alone. Her life story was adapted into the
sitcom" Hearts Afire", [cite web
title=Georgie Anne Geyer (Hall of Achievement biography)
publisher=Medill School of Journalism
July 1, 2002
accessdate=2006-11-09] which ran on
CBSin the 1990s; Markie Postplayed a columnist and correspondent named Georgie Anne Hartman.
*"Americans No More"
*"Buying the Night Flight: the Autobiography of a Woman Foreign Correspondent"
*"When Cats Reigned Like Kings: On the Trail of the Sacred Cats"
*"Guerrilla Prince" (biography of
* [http://www.amuniversal.com/ups/features/georgie_geyer/bio.htm Biography] at Universal Press Syndicate site
* [http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives/exhibits/alumni/geyer.html Profile] from Northwestern University
* [http://www.medill.northwestern.edu/spj/brownlee/2003/event20031003_geyer.html Profile] from the Chicago Headline Club
* [http://www.booknotes.org/Transcript/?ProgramID=1043 Interview] on
C-SPAN's Booknotesin 1991 (about "Guerilla Prince" about Fidel Castro)
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