Clarissa Ward - "On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist" - Virtual Event

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Clarissa Ward

Clarissa Ward will discuss On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist. She will be joined in conversation by Jane Saks.

Presented in partnership with Chicago Humanities Festival

Virtual event



About the book: The recipient of multiple Peabody and Murrow awards, Clarissa Ward is a world-renowned conflict reporter. In this strange age of crisis where there really is no front line, she has moved from one hot zone to the next. With multiple assignments in Syria, Egypt, and Afghanistan, Ward, who speaks seven languages, has been based in Baghdad, Beirut, Beijing, and Moscow. She has seen and documented the violent remaking of the world at close range. On All Fronts is the riveting account of Ward’s singular career and of journalism in this age of extremism. Ward found her calling as an international war correspondent in the aftermath of 9/11. From her early days in the field, she was embedding with marines at the height of the Iraq War and was soon on assignment all over the globe. But nowhere does Ward make her mark more than in war-torn Syria, which she has covered extensively with courage and compassion. From her multiple stints entrenched with Syrian rebels to her deep investigations into the Western extremists who are drawn to ISIS, Ward has covered Bashar al-Assad’s reign of terror without fear. In 2018, Ward rose to new heights at CNN and had a son. Suddenly, she was doing this hardest of jobs with a whole new perspective. On All Fronts is the unforgettable story of one extraordinary journalist—and of a changing world.

About the author: Clarissa Ward is CNN's chief international correspondent. In her fifteen-year career spanning Fox, CBS, and ABC, Ward has reported from front lines across the world. She has won five Emmy Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, two Edward R. Murrow Awards for distinguished journalism, and many more accolades. She graduated with distinction from Yale University, and in 2013 received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Middlebury College in Vermont. She lives in London.

About the interlocutor: Jane M. Saks is the Founding President and Artistic Director of Project&, an arts entity focused on cultural production with social impact. She is an artist, writer and educator as well as a cultural alchemist, arts advocate, creative collaborator and producer. Her work challenges and champions issues of gender, sexuality, human rights, race and power within the worlds of arts and culture, politics and civil rights, academia and philanthropy. From 2005 - 2014, Saks was the Founding Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media.

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