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CANCELLED: John F. Burns | From the Front Lines: Covering Conflict in the World's Deadliest Places


Due to unforseen circumstances, John F. Burns has been forced to cancel his trip to Montreal and there will NOT be a public lecture tomorrow. We apologize for the inconvenience. 


A two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, McGill alumnus John F. Burns, BA'66 is Chief Foreign Correspondent and London Bureau Chief, The New York Times. He is the longest-serving foreign correspondent in the Times' history, reporting from areas of conflict for over 30 years and often under the most hazardous circumstances.

Burns began his newspaper career working for the Ottawa Journal and Ottawa Citizen before joining The Globe and Mail, which assigned him to its parliamentary bureau to cover Pierre Elliot Trudeau's early years as prime minister. Burns was later assigned to China, where he was one of a handful of resident Western journalists to cover the Cultural Revolution. Since joining The New York Times, he has reported from some of the most conflicted datelines in the world, including South Africa during the years of apartheid, the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the siege of Sarajevo, the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and Iraq for much of the last two decades. He spent the final six months of Saddam Hussein's regime in Baghdad and, after surviving on the run from the secret police during the allied invasion, remained as the Times' Baghdad bureau chief for more than four years.

He is a familiar face on PBS, appearing frequently on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and The Charlie Rose Show. In addition to his Pulitzer Prizes, Burns has been awarded two George Polk Awards and the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for his distinguished reporting.

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