Former Times, Post
reporter visits Elon


Journalist 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."

He encouraged 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."

Halloran has 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 newspapers.

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 in Tokyo.

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.



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