CFS Seminar with Phil Bennett, Jim Smith, and Robin Young
Thursday, April 5, 2012, CFS hosted a discussion on The Middle East and The Legacy of Anthony Shadid
with FRONTLINE's Phil Bennett, formerly of The Washington Post
, and Harvard's Belfer Center's Jim Smith, formerly of The Boston Globe
, conducted by Robin Young of WBUR's Here and Now
. Their conversation covered how Anthony lived and operated as a journalist and what he revealed about the Middle East. The CFS Spring Seminar Series is an annual event that is open to the public free of charge. Registration is recommended. Seating is limited. Anthony Shadid's book House of Stone: A Memoir of Home Family and a Lost Middle East
was available for purchase at the seminar. This event was streamed live at 7:00 p.m., over UStream TV.
Phil Bennett is the managing editor of FRONTLINE, the public affairs documentary series on public television, and the Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University. Between 2005 and 2009, Bennett was the managing editor of The Washington Post and has been an editor of international and national security coverage, a local news reporter, and a foreign correspondent. He was The Post's foreign editor for six years. During his tenure as managing editor, the paper's second-ranking editor, The Post won ten Pulitzer Prizes, one for which Anthony's reporting was responsible.
Bennett's journalism career started in 1982 at The Lima Times in Peru, where he became the editor. He was hired as a metropolitan reporter by The Boston Globe in 1984 and became the newspaper's Latin American correspondent, covering wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala and writing extensively about Mexico, Cuba, and Brazil. Bennett was later The Globe's foreign editor.
Bennett has worked on new media projects for The Washington Post Co. and has written and lectured about journalism. In 2009, he joined the faculty at Duke University, where he teaches about journalism ethics and national secrecy, coverage of economics, and narrative journalism and digital media. He was named managing editor of FRONTLINE in April 2011.
Jim Smith joined Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs as director of communications in July 2010 after nearly three decades in journalism. At The Boston Globe from 2002 to 2010, he was foreign editor, national political editor, and international affairs reporter, writing and blogging about Boston's global connections.
Prior to The Boston Globe, Jim was Mexico City bureau chief and economic correspondent for The Los Angeles Times from 1997 to 2002, and the paper's bureau chief for southern South America from 1987 to 1990. During 12 years in South Africa, he worked as correspondent and news editor for the Associated Press, and also was founding editor of Business Report, the national business section for the Independent Newspapers chain. On leave from that group, he served for 18 months as communications consultant to the South African Secretary for Safety and Security to help revamp the national police service for a post-apartheid society. He also worked as communications and industrial relations director for a progressive South African manufacturing group.
Phil is a graduate of Yale University, magna cum laude with distinction in history, and earned an MBA from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. A native of Boston, he is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel, and a stepdaughter, Leila.
Robin Young brings over 25 years of broadcast experience to her role as host of Here & Now. She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television, and for several years was substitute host and correspondent for The Today Show. Robin has received several Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as cable’s Ace Award, the Religious Public Relations Council’s Wilbur Award and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award. She has also received radio’s regional Edward R. Murrow Award.