The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has appointed veteran journalist Keith B. Richburg as new director of its Center for Journalism and Media Studies.
The university said Richburg would succeed Professor Yuen-Ting Chan, a veteran journalist and Chinese expert who founded the school in 1999.
“Given his vast international experience and exposure, Professor Richburg will certainly bring new perspectives and valuable experience to his new role,” University Rector and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Tam, in a statement.
“We have high hopes that Professor Richburg will take JMSC to new heights.”
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Richburg, whose career as a journalist spans 40 years and spanning four continents, has lectured at some of the world’s most prestigious universities, including Princeton and Harvard, where he has lectured and lectured, and conducted seminars.
Tam also praised Chan for his years and contributions to the center. The new appointment is expected to take effect on September 1.
Richburg – who has won several awards for his overseas coverage and was a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for his reporting on Somalia – spent 33 years as a journalist and editor at The Washington Post, including 20 years as a foreign correspondent, mainly in Asia.
He covered the attempted coup in the Philippines, the Vietnamese withdrawal from Cambodia, the fall of the Suharto regime in Indonesia, the Asian financial crisis and the handover of Hong Kong in 1997, among many other events.
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He was also head of the Africa bureau, where his topics included the famine in Somalia, the Rwandan genocide and South Africa’s transition from apartheid to majority rule.
While based in Paris, he spent a lot of time in the Middle East and Afghanistan, where he covered the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and the start of the Iraq war. in 2003. From 2005 to 2007, he was the Post’s editor for foreign affairs. .
In addition to his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, he holds a Master of Science in International Relations and Comparative Government from the London School of Economics.
This article was originally published by Asian Correspondent.
Image by Minghong, via Wikimedia Commons.
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