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Veteran Reporter Nicholas Daniloff to Speak, Nov. 17

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Oct. 27, 2008) - A 30-veteran of the national media who served as a foreign correspondent for United Press International and U.S. News & World Report, will discuss his experiences in a talk titled "Of Spies and Spokesmen: My Life as a Cold War Correspondent," on Monday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., in the Krinovitz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.

In his talk, Nicholas Daniloff will read from his latest book of the same title. The book is a memoir about his experiences as a journalist behind the Iron Curtain. It discusses how journalists worked with one another to try to foil the KGB, the role of journalism in the Cuban Missile Crisis and more.

Event organizer and SUNY Plattsburgh Journalism Chair Shawn Murphy said that he is excited to bring Daniloff to campus. Daniloff was Murphy's professor and mentor when Murphy was a graduate student attending the journalism school at Northeastern University in the early '90s.

"At that time, his best-selling book, 'Two Lives, One Russia,' made an impact on me," said Murphy, who was especially intrigued by Daniloff?s account of being arrested by the KGB - an event that made international news in the mid-1980s.

"I was captivated by the story about how KGB agents took him into custody while he was working in Russia as the Moscow bureau chief for U.S. News & World Report magazine. Done in retaliation for the U.S. arrest of Gennadi Zakharov in New York on charges of being a Russian spy, the arrest quickly made Daniloff a bargaining chip in an exchange of alleged spies. The 'Zakharov-Daniloff Affair,' as it was referred to, escalated into a crisis that further threatened relations between the White House and the Kremlin," noted Murphy.

"Professor Daniloff's latest book  provides a broader look at this career as a journalist behind the Iron Curtain," said Murphy. "I think that anyone with an interest in journalism, history, politics or world affairs - including students and faculty on campus and people in the Plattsburgh area - will also enjoy hearing Daniloff tell these stories."

A book signing will follow the presentation. This event is free and open to the public. For information contact Shawn Murphy, journalism department chair, 518-564-2422, [email protected] .

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