Emmetsburg Values and a Writer's Life in South America

Emmetsburg-native John Dinges, John Dinges, the Godfrey Lowell Cabot Professor of Journalism Emeritus, Columbia University, lived in Chile from 1972 to 1978, working as a stringer for, among others, The Washington Post and Time magazine. He is the author, most recently, of The Condor Years: How Pinochet and his Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents (The New Press). Come hear him speak about how his Emmetsburg upbringing helped him in his life experiences.
When Jul 06, 2017
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Emmetsburg Public Library, 707 North Superior Street, Emmetsburg, IA 50536 (inside Arthur & Audrey Smith Wellness Center at Iowa Lakes Community College)
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John Dinges

 John DingesEmmetsburg-native John Dinges, John Dinges, the Godfrey Lowell Cabot Professor of Journalism Emeritus, Columbia University, lived in Chile from 1972 to 1978, working as a stringer for, among others, The Washington Post and Time magazine. He is the author, most recently, of The Condor Years: How Pinochet and his Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents (The New Press). Come hear him speak about how his Emmetsburg upbringing helped him in his life experiences.

Bio:

John Dinges, is a journalist and author who has reported widely in Latin America. He was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot gold medal for excellence in reporting on Inter American relations. He is the Cabot Professor of International Journalism Emeritus of Columbia University. He served as managing editor and international editor of National Public Radio News, where he was named in two DuPont-Columbia broadcasting awards (gold and silver batons). For the Washington Post, he was special correspondent in South and Central America, and an assistant editor on the foreign desk. He was a freelance correspondent (stringer) in Chile for Time, ABC Radio and other publications from 1972-1978, at the time of the military coup and for the first five years of the Pinochet dictatorship. He is founder or co-founder of three publications in Chile, including APSI, CIPERChile.cl and ArchivosChile.org. He currently writes for Latin American and US publications, including Retro Report, Caretas (Lima), The Clinic (Chile) and Newsweek.

He is a graduate of Emmetsburg Catholic High School, and Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa. He studied theology (as a seminarian) for three years at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. After leaving the seminary and teaching theology for two years at his alma mater, Loras, he became a journalist and specialist in Latin America, a felicitous career choice to which he has been dedicated for more than 40 years. His first job was at the Des Moines Register and Tribune. He has a master’s degree in Latin America Studies from Stanford University.

 

His books include: 

The Condor Years: How Pinochet and His Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents (The New Press 2005);

Assassination on Embassy Row, with Saul Landau (Pantheon 1980; Open Road 2014);

Our Man in Panama (Random House 1990; Times Books 1991);

Sound Reporting (co-editor); Independence and Integrity (co-editor). These last are guides to production and professional practice and ethics for NPR and public radio journalism.    

Toward a Theology of Christian Faith, co-editor and translator, (Kenedy 1968)

 

Film Documentary projects include:

 

Chile: By Reason or By Force (PBS), on-camera correspondent, writer.

The Judge and The General (PBS and theater release), investigative reporter, on camera.

Condor: The First War on Terror (2004), correspondent and writer.

The Letelier Case, Retro Report (2017, in post production)