Bill Blakemore

Blakemore has reported many intercultural stories in the arts, including Yo-Yo Ma's crossover music and ongoing Silk Road Project. He reported on a full solar eclipse from the medieval Persian city of Isfahan, on Halley's Comet from Eastern Australia, and from Western Australia on the America's Cup and on the human-regimenting dolphins of Shark's Bay. He was also chief science correspondent for the ABC-Discovery Channel weekly science show -- for which he anchored the live landing of the Mars rover. Blakemore continues to cover a variety of science stories when his schedule permits, focusing especially on the nature of intelligence and brain function, and on nature conservation and the extinctions crisis.

Blakemore also served for six years as ABC's first education correspondent, a beat for which he wrote and reported an influential "American Agenda" special entitled "Common Miracles: The New American Revolution in Learning."

Blakemore coined the word "spotcraft" to describe what he did for a living, and writes and lectures on the nature of professional journalism and how it differs from propaganda. After filing from the Iraqi capital during the 1991 Gulf War, he published a Law Review article entitled "Reporting From Baghdad During The Gulf War: Principles for Judgment."

Blakemore was the first television correspondent to win the Edward R. Murrow Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he designed and ran a major study series on "TV News and American Foreign Policy."

He is also one of 40 semifinalists chosen by his peers from 1,300 applicants to be NASA's first journalist in space -- a suspended program he still hopes to see revived. He has won many of the most prestigious journalism awards, some a number of times, including the duPont-Columbia, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Overseas Press Club, the Emmy, the Christopher, and the Headliner for a wide range of stories including the politics of John Paul, Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, the science of addictive drugs (anchoring ABC's special, "Alcohol and Cocaine: The secret of Addiction"), the persistent problems of earthquake rescue, the global extinction of montane amphibians, and the unseen obliteration of ocean life. For ABC's Peabody Award-winning 24-hour Millennium 2000 special, Blakemore reported live from Bethlehem.

His experience in print journalism ranges from serving for three years as Beirut correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor in the mid-1970s, to articles in The Washington Post and other papers on the art of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, to writing for the Web site today.

A former literature teacher at the American University of Beirut and the American Community School of Beirut, Blakemore is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut and a native of Chicago. He has served on the faculty and committees of the St. Louis-based American Youth Foundation. In 1986 he was elected a trustee of Wesleyan University.

In addition to his regular coverage of global warming, his current interests, as seen in his "Nightline" report on new discoveries about the mental health of refugees around the world, include the "psychological literacy" of today's journalism.

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