From correspondent, to editor, to columnist, I've seen radical changes in journalism and the world.
This is my last regularly scheduled column for The Christian Science Monitor. [See editor's note at the end of this column.]
The column began 27 years ago, although my association – or perhaps it should more properly be called my love affair – with the Monitor goes back much further.
A lot has changed in the world, and a lot has changed with journalism, during that span of time. This is an occasion for retrospection.
I was hired by Erwin Canham, one of the most awe-inspiring editors of his day. After a spell in the Boston office, I was the Monitor’s Africa correspondent for six years, then Far Eastern correspondent for six years, and eventually I became editor of the paper for nine years.
I left to run some small newspapers of my own, then was recruited for media-related roles in the Reagan administration. When the last one, at the State Department, ended, The Washington Post was talking to me about writing a column for them. But Katherine Fanning, then the Monitor’s editor, flew down to Washington with Richard Nenneman, the managing editor, to persuade me to write a column for the Monitor. I needed little persuasion.
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