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Virtual Speaker Series - To Tell the Truth: The Life of a Foreign Correspondent


Tue 02 / 14 / 2023
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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To Tell the Truth: The Life of a Foreign Correspondent

Speaker: Lewis M. Simons

Son of a New Jersey butcher. Lewis M. Simons became an intrepid foreign correspondent, covering five decades of wars, revolutions, upheavals and famines throughout Asia and the Middle East. Lew won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigation that led to toppling the corrupt Marcos regime in the Philippines.

In his new book, To Tell the Truth, My Life as a Foreign Correspondent, which includes a forward by the Dalai Lama, Lew recollects his adventures while covering more than a dozen countries, including India, Afghanistan, China, both North and South Korea, and the former Soviet Union. With America's free press under unprecedented assault, To Tell the Truth appears at precisely the right moment. 

Join us to learn more about Lew and his extraordinary career.

Pulitzer Prize winner Lewis M. Simons began his career as a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press, in 1967, at the height of the Vietnam War. He went on to international postings for The Washington Post, Time, and Knight-Ridder Newspapers.


Simons won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1986 for exposing the billions that the Marcos family looted from the Philippines. Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism named the series one of the 50 Great Stories of the Century. He was twice more a Pulitzer finalist and has received numerous other journalism awards, including the George Polk, and was an Edward R. Murrow Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Simons' op-ed and analytical articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, Atlantic, and Smithsonian magazines. He has contributed frequently to National Geographic and USA Today, where he is a member of its Board of Contributors, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and Daily Kos. He has appeared on ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and CBC.


Lew also is the author of Worth Dying For, co-author with Senator Christopher S. Bond of The Next Front: Southeast Asia and the Road to Global Peace with Islam, and a contributing author of half a dozen books on war and international affairs.


A former U.S. Marine, he is a graduate of New York University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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