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John Darnton


(John Townsend Darnton)
USA (1941 - )

John Darnton is an American journalist and author. After attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Darnton joined The New York Times as a copyboy in 1966. Two years later he became a reporter and for the next eight years he worked in and around New York City, including stints as the Connecticut correspondent, during the Black Panther trials in New Haven, and as a City Hall reporter in the Lindsay and Beame Administrations. In 1976 he went abroad as a foreign correspondent, first covering Africa out of Lagos, Nigeria, and then, when the military government there expelled him in 1977, out of Nairobi, Kenya. He covered protests in South Africa, liberation movements in Rhodesia, guerrilla fighting in Ethiopia, Somalia, Zaire and elsewhere and the fall of Idi Amin in Uganda. His work in Africa earned him the 1978 George Polk Award. In 1979, he covered Eastern Europe for the Times, based in Warsaw, Poland, and he received both the Polk Award and the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Journalism for his coverage of Poland under martial law when he smuggled stories out of the country. He went on to become the bureau chief in Madrid and London and also served as the deputy foreign editor, the metropolitan editor and the cultural news editor at the Times. He retired from the Times in 2005.
 
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