Foreign Correspondent, Photographer, Storyteller: The Life and Legacy of Christopher Dickey

Christopher Dickey, the award-winning author, editor, and foreign correspondent, was known as a reporter’s reporter. Relentlessly curious, thoroughly urbane, and fluent in multiple languages, Dickey had an uncanny way of discovering how the levers of power worked—and then holding accountable those who pulled them. At the time of his sudden death of a heart attack in July 2020, he had worked at the highest levels of journalism for almost five decades—traveling to more than 30 countries for outlets including the Washington Post, Newsweek and NBC News. Along the way, he authored seven books and appeared countless times on television news programs. He strongly believed in the power of multimedia storytelling. His path to journalism, in fact, started behind a camera. He received a graduate degree in documentary filmmaking from Boston University before landing his first job at the Washington Post. Even as his career shifted toward writing, Dickey retained his passion for photography. He never left home without a camera around his neck or in his pocket. This panel will focus on his photography and how his aesthetic defined reporting and writing. Join former editor of Newsweek Mark Whitaker, journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau, photographer Peter Turnley, and CNN political analyst John Avlon as they bring to life a trailblazer in the world of journalism.

Join former editor of Newsweek Mark Whitaker, journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau, photographer Peter Turnley, and CNN political analyst John Avlon as they bring to life the photography of Christopher Dickey, and how his aesthetic defined reporting and writing.

Thursday September 23

7:00PM EST

Online Event

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Presenter Bios

John AvlonModerator John Avlon is senior political analyst and anchor at CNN, appearing on “New Day” every morning. He was the editor-in-chief and managing director of the Daily Beast between 2013 and 2018. He is the author of the books “Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics,” “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America,” and “Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations.” He is also the co-editor of “Deadline Artists”—anthologies of America’s greatest newspaper columns.

Barbie-Latza-NadeauBarbie Latza Nadeau is an American journalist and author based in Rome, Italy since 1996. She is the author of “Angel Face: Sex, Murder and the Inside Story of Amanda Knox,” about the murder trials of American student Amanda Knox, “Roadmap to Hell: Sex, Drugs and Guns on the Mafia Coast,” about Nigerian sex trafficking and the mafia in Italy, and an upcoming book on the empowerment of women in Italy’s organized crime syndicates—tentatively titled “Godmothers,” to be published by Penguin Random House in 2022. She is the former Rome bureau chief for Newsweek, and is currently correspondent-at-large for the Daily Beast, as well as a CNN contributor for breaking news in Italy.

Peter TurnleyPeter Turnley is renowned for his photography of the realities of the human condition. His photographs have been featured on the cover of Newsweek 43 times, and are published frequently in many of the world’s most prestigious publications. He has worked in over 90 countries and has witnessed most major stories of international, geopolitical, and historical significance in the last 40 years. Among the many international awards Turnley has won is the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad. This year, he was a nominee for the Visa D’Or Award for News from the prestigious international photojournalism festival Visa Pour L’Image in France. Turnley has published seven books: “Beijing Spring,” “Moments of Revolution,” “In Times of War and Peace,” “Parisians,” “McClellan Street,” “French Kiss: A Love Letter to Paris,” and “Cuba: A Grace of Spirit.” His new book, “A New York – Paris Visual Diary: The Human Face of Covid-19,” can be purchased only on his website: www.peterturnley.com.

Mark WhitakerMark Whitaker spent three decades as a reporter, writer, and editor for Newsweek. In 1999, he became the first African-American to lead a national newsweekly. In 2007, he joined NBC News and the following year replaced the late Tim Russert as Washington bureau chief. In 2011, Whitaker was appointed managing editor of CNN Worldwide—overseeing day-to-day news coverage across all television and digital platforms, as well as the original programming team that created CNN Films, and acquired Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown.” In 2011, Whitaker published “My Long Trip Home,” the story of his turbulent upbringing in a broken interracial home. Whitaker’s latest book, “Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance,” chronicles the remarkable cultural and political legacy of Black Pittsburgh—where Whitaker’s father grew up and his grandparents ran funeral homes.

Presenting Organization

The Overseas Press Club of America is the nation’s oldest and largest association of journalists engaged in international news. Every April, it awards the most prestigious prizes devoted exclusively to international news coverage. It was founded in 1939 by nine foreign correspondents in New York City, and has grown to nearly 500 members worldwide. The club’s mission is to uphold the highest standards in news reporting, advance press freedom, and promote good fellowship among colleagues while educating a new generation of journalists.

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