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Christopher Wren

Christopher Wren worked for The New York Times for 28 and a half years, including 17 years abroad as a foreign correspondent. He was chief of the Times news bureaus in Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, Ottawa and Johannesburg, later covered the United Nations, and also was assistant foreign editor and new projects editor, among other assignments for the Times. He was also an editor at Look and Newsweek magazines and the International Herald Tribune in Paris. Wren graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College and earned an M.S. with honors from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He also studied at the University of Edinburgh, Stanford University, and Cambridge University. He taught seminars at Princeton University as Ferris Professor of Journalism in 1997 and Stuart Professor of Communications in 2001. He lived in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2002 and 2003, training Russian journalists as a Knight International Press Fellow. He traveled through Central Asia in April and May 2002, assisting newspaper editors in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan and was invited back to Kazakhstan to train Kazakh journalists in December 2003 and February and June 2004. Wren has written five books and co-authored three others. The End of the Line: The Failure of Communism in the Soviet Union and China, was designated a notable book of 1990 by the Times Book Review. The Cat Who Covered the World, became a national bestseller in 2001. His latest book, Walking to Vermont, has recently been issued in paperback.

Last Updated: 7/28/09