Join the Pulitzer Center on Thursday, September 7, 2023, as Deborah Amos and award-winning journalist and Pulitzer Center grantee Jane Ferguson talk about Ferguson's recently released memoir, No Ordinary Assignment.
Ferguson is a PBS NewsHour correspondent, contributor to The New Yorker, and a multiple Pulitzer Center grantee. Her memoir takes readers on a journey through her childhood in Northern Ireland to her early days as a freelance correspondent for CNN International in the Middle East and Africa, often working alone to film and report her stories.
"For all the upheaval and conflict she’s seen, Jane Ferguson has never lost sight of the ordinary men and women caught in the middle of it all," said a book review from Dexter Filkins, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Forever War. "This is the story of her journey, and it's told with breadth and verve and humanity.”
Ferguson's outlets expanded over the years, as did her coverage of conflicts from Syria to Afghanistan, including her time in Kabul during the August 2021 evacuations.
Amos has spent much of her award-winning career at National Public Radio, with her work regularly featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and All Things Considered. Her coverage has included the Syrian and Iraqi refugee crises, the economy in the Middle East, and the Arab youth surge.
She has written two books, Eclipse of the Sunnis: Power, Exile, and Upheaval in the Middle East and Lines in the Sand: Desert Storm and the Remaking of the Arab World.
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