Author, award-winning journalist, foreign correspondent and war reporter
From 12:00 noon UK Time
She is a columnist for Foreign Policy magazine and regularly appears on radio and television worldwide. She has worked as a correspondent and bureau chief in China for Reuters and The Australian; and in Afghanistan where she was bureau chief for the French news agency AFP and The Associated Press between 2009 and 2017. She reported from Afghanistan up until the Taliban takeover in August last year.
On a return assignment this summer, she was subjected to terrifying threats by Taliban officials who accused her of spying. She was forced to publish an apology and confession. On getting back to her base in London, Lynne discovered a growth on her pancreas and was rushed to surgery from which she is now recovering.
Lynne O'Donnell will be talking to Humphrey Hawksley about her career as a female war correspondent. What is the purpose, passion and grit that drives her and her colleagues to seek out danger? Hear about the scrapes Lynne had been in and the impact of war on herself and on those whose stories she tells. Lynne will give us compelling and heartfelt insight ranging from today’s battlefields to the places that help people cope with war. She has an MA in War Studies from King's College London, where she is visiting research fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. She is also a fellow of the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
Join Humphrey and Lynne for Goldster’s Purpose, Passion and Grit at 12.00 on Tuesday October 18th 2022.