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Charles Glass

Charles Glass is international correspondent for the weekly newsmagazine CNN & TIME.

In 1986, he stood on the tarmac at Beirut Airport to interview the hostage crew of TWA flight 847. In 1987, he became a hostage himself in Lebanon and escaped from his Shiite Muslim captors two months later. The next year, he revealed that Saddam Hussein had developed biological weapons, a fact denied by the U.S. government until Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. In 1991, Glass was the only American television correspondent to enter northern Iraq to cover the Kurdish rebellion against Saddam from beginning to end. A year later, he went alone with a hidden camera to Indonesian-occupied East Timor and, despite government restrictions, filmed and filed a report on repression and torture that influenced a U.S. Senate committee that voted for a temporary suspension American military aid to Indonesia. In 1993, he covered the Serb onslaught against Bosnia from Sarajevo.

Glass began his career with ABC News in 1973 in the network's Beirut Bureau, when he helped Peter Jennings cover the Arab-Israeli War in Syria and Egypt. He became ABC News' chief Middle East correspondent in 1983, a post he held in Beirut and London for 10 years. He has been a correspondent for Newsweek magazine in Boston and London and a reporter for The Observer of London. For the past 25 years, he has been a regular freelance contributor and columnist in newspapers and magazines in the United States and Great Britain. He is the author of Tribes with Flags (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1990) and Money for Old Rope (Picador, 1993) and has made successful documentary films for American and British television.

His one-hour documentary, Pity the Nation: Charles Glass's Lebanon, was broadcast in 20 countries and prompted The London Evening Standard critic to call it "one of the best and most heart-rending documentaries I've ever seen." Human rights groups lauded a Glass documentary about human rights abuses and military escalation, Iraq: Enemies of the State, for the BBC. The documentary was broadcast world-wide six months before Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait. Among his other BBC documentaries were Stains of War (1992) about war photographers and The Forgotten Faithful (1994) about the Palestinian Christian exodus from the West Bank. He presented the PBS documentary Our Man in Cairo (1993). Glass also contributed to the Commonwealth Award-winning documentary Islam for London Weekend Television in 1978 and the Peabody Award-winning Sadat: An Action Biography for ABC News in 1974.

The Overseas Press Club gave him an award in 1976 for his eyewitness radio reporting of the massacre of Palestinians at the Beirut refugee camp of Tel el Zaatar. Shortly after that story, he was wounded by artillery fire in Muslim West Beirut and moved to London. He then worked as a freelance journalist reporting international stories in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including the wars in Rhodesia in 1977 and 1979 and Somalia in 1980.

In addition to stints at The Observer and Newsweek, Glass has written for TIME, The Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Daily News, The Observer, The Guardian, The Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, The Independent, The Spectator, New Statesman, Times Literary Supplement and London Review of Books, as well as Rolling Stone, Esquire and GQ. He has published fiction in Granta and The London Magazine.

Glass earned a bachelor of art's degree in philosophy from the University of Southern California.

 

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