Richard Halloran participated in classroom discussions and met with
students and faculty as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Sept. 13-17.
Halloran has worked as a correspondent with the New York Times and
the Washington Post. He is currently a senior fellow at the Center
for War, Peace and the News Media
In his career
with the Times, Halloran covered the armed forces and the Pentagon
and served as bureau chief for Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the Central
Pacific. At the Post, he served as economic correspondent in Washington
and as Northeast Asia bureau chief.
As a special
guest at a School of Communications luncheon and in a number of
communications class sessions, Halloran shared stories and lessons
from his decades of experience. "I spent most of my career
in the trenches of journalism, as a front-line reporter," he
told Elon freshman communications fellows and reporting students.
"I was a grunt reporter, one of the permanent colonels of the
New York Times. I never wanted to be a general."
the young communicators to understand the processes that underlie
major world events. "Journalism is not really a profession,
it's a highly skilled craft," he said, adding that after spending
decades as a foreign correspondent and covering the Pentagon and
the military he found that numbers count. "I encourage all
of you to realize the importance of economics - there's an economic
aspect to everything going on."
He said good
reporters know how to make their own luck. "Never take a 'no,'
never hear a 'no'," he said. "People cannot not answer
your questions if you ask them the right way ... Jump into a story
with both feet, fists swinging."
written several books on foreign policy and the U.S. military, and
has written articles that have appeared in the Boston Globe, Orlando
Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and other major
Among the awards
Halloran has received for his reporting and writing are the1982
George Polk Award for National Reporting and the 1988 Gerald Ford
Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense.
His wife, Fumiko
Mori Halloran, a successful author whose works include "From
the City of Washington," "New Elite in the United States,"
"Letters from Honolulu: the world as seen from Hawaii,"
and the novel, "The Black Wall" will also be on campus
serving as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She has served as senior political
analyst at the Japan Economic Institute of America in Washington
and as a program officer at the Japan Center for International Exchange
More than 200
colleges and universities have participated in the Woodrow Wilson
Visiting Fellows program. Successful journalists, government officials,
business leaders and ethicists visit college campuses through the
program, meeting classes and holding informal discussions with students
and faculty. Wilson Fellows who have worked with students and faculty
in the School of Communications in recent years include David Shribman
and Callie Crossley.