Monday, October 5, 2009

Jonathan Landay to speak for East Bay Citizens for Peace

Jonathan Landay, McClatchy news senior national security reporter, will be fresh back from Afghanistan when he comes to Bristol to talk about his reporting experiences there and about the war in general. 
Jonathan Landay will be speaking on Saturday, November 7 at the Bristol Statehouse at 8 pm.
Go to the link below to read his article about what he witnessed during an ambush on September 8th outside Ganjgal, Afghanistan. For a reporter - no doubt 'I'd use the rifle if I had to.'

McClatchy's Jonathan S. Landay, who was ambushed with U.S. Marines in a remote Afghan village Tuesday, is a veteran foreign affairs reporter with long experience in South Asia, Iraq, the Balkans and Washington.Landay covered South Asia — including Afghanistan — as well as the Balkans from 1985 to 1994 for United Press International and for The Christian Science Monitor. He joined the Knight Ridder Washington Bureau in 1999.He was part of the Knight Ridder team, with State Department correspondent Warren P. Strobel and Bureau Chief John Walcott, that investigated and disproved the Bush administration's claims that Saddam Hussein's Iraq had an active nuclear weapons program and ties to al Qaida.The team won a National Headliner Award for "How the Bush Administration Went to War in Iraq," a 2005 Award of Distinction from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism for "Iraqi Exiles Fed Exaggerated Tips to News Media," and a 2007 Edward Weintal Prize from Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy for the Iraq coverage.The McClatchy Co. acquired Knight Ridder in 2006, and Landay is now the senior national security correspondent in the McClatchy Washington Bureau and a regular contributor to the bureau's Nukes & Spooks blog. He regularly travels to Afghanistan, Pakistan and other trouble spots.

He is the son of Bristol residents, Jerry and Sandy Landay. As many of you know, Jerry Landay is a writer, retired correspondent for CBS News and a frequent contributor to the
Providence Journal op-ed page.

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