Reporting in the Congo

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Anjan Sundaram explains why he decided to take a break from working toward a doctorate in mathematics at Yale to uproot his life, move to the Congo, and become a freelance foreign correspondent. He ended up working for the AP to help cover the 2006 election campaign between Joseph Kabila, son of the assassinated rebel who deposed Mobutu in 1997, and his vice president, Jean-Pierre Bemba. In his memoir Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo, Sundaram moves back and forth between his personal adventures and the Congo’s troubled history and politics.


Anjan Sundaram

Comments [3]

Really excellent show Leonard. Again, impeccable selection of guests, whose background story stories reflect the many unsung who are committed to changing things in society. Thank you for consistent seeking them out. It's edifying and inspiring.
And his story is a reminder of that hideous Mathematician/Engineer graduate school-to-Wall St pipeline that rarely gets discussed. The intervening inspiration of an activist professor changed his life to become an investigative journalist - wonderful story!

Jan. 22 2014 02:08 PM
real news

It is so have great guests and ask some interesting questions, but PLEASE, let them talk instead of constantly interjecting your own opinions and factoids without letting them respond.

The essence of Mr. Sundaram's reporting is to increase awareness of and conversation about important underreported stories, in this case about the DRC. Yet you throw in a critically serious comment about corporations being accused of human rights violations, and he obviously wanted to respond, but you kept talking in switching the conversation to the trivialities of where he's living, his awards, and whether he's still a stringer. Then you ran out of time. You missed an important opportunity for him to pursue his mission and for your audience to learn something of value.

Thank you for paying closer attention to this in the future.

Jan. 22 2014 01:13 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Roday is the March on Washington, 500,000+ people are there, the March starts at 12:00. This should be the top story today, but it's not mentioned. There is terrible killing in Syria and in the Congo, but we have our own cold-blooded slaughter, abortion, which we have not managed to stop. (There is always repentance and forgiveness available.)

Jan. 22 2014 08:28 AM

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