Foreign correspondent to discuss wide-ranging news career at Augustana College

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
John Hooper

Veteran newspaper foreign correspondent and author John Hooper will present a talk – "A Foreign Correspondent in the Mediterranean: from Franco to the Euro" – on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. on the third floor of the College Center (3750 7th Ave.). The presentation is free and open to the public.

Hooper will discuss his long career covering world events in the Mediterranean, with topics ranging from Spain's transition from dictatorship to democracy, to his choice of international journalism as a career.

He currently is the Rome-based correspondent of The Economist and The Guardian newspapers, each of which reaches millions of readers in the United States and around the world. His recent assignments have included the new occupant of the Vatican, Pope Francis, and a scandal engulfing the office of the Spanish prime minister.

In a recent interview, he spoke about a typical day in Rome: "I get up and read the papers using an iPad and then I go into my office. After that, all bets are off. You never know what's going to happen. Halfway through the day there could be a mafia killing or the latest scandal to emerge from the Vatican."

He has produced two books on Spain, The Spaniards, which won the Allen Lane award for 1987, and its successor, The New Spaniards. He also is the author of a Kindle mini-book, Fatal Voyage: The Wrecking of the Costa Concordia, documenting the horrifying experiences of people aboard the crippled cruise ship as it slowly turned over in shallow water off the coast of Italy.

Over the past 25 years, his career also has included work for NBC News, Reuters and for the BBC World Service as a presenter of the Twenty Four Hours current affairs program.

Hooper's visit to Augustana is made possible by Humanities Fund of Augustana College and the Department of Spanish, co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Sociology, and Multimedia Journalism and Mass Communication.

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