Covering History

Former Foreign Correspondent to Speak at International Journalists Seminar

May 1, 2007


A former foreign correspondent who worked for the Wall Street Journal and New York Times will present two papers on his experience covering the evolution of democracy in South Korea during a June 6-10 International Journalists Seminar in Seoul.

Communications lecturer Mike Tharp is one of some 30 journalists who have “devoted news coverage to the critical scenes relating to the democratization movement” invited by the Korea Democracy Foundation

During seminars and panels, the correspondents will be asked to convey to the audience what they experienced and felt on the scenes of Korea. 

Tharp visited South Korea some 60 times as a foreign correspondent. In 1979, he was in the first group of American journalists allowed into North Korea since the 1953 armistice.

Tharp also has worked as bureau chief for the Far Eastern Economic Review, Pacific Rim reporter for the Wall Street Journal and Tokyo bureau chief for U.S. News.

He was a principal contributor the book, “Triumph Without Victory: The Unreported History of the Persian Gulf War” and contributed to the book “Korea Witness,” published last year in honor of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club 50th anniversary. Tharp has taught at CSUF since 2000.
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