“I went in behind the lines and emerged as a kind of agent. I went in as a reporter and came out a kind of soldier. I sometimes wish I had never gone in at all.” -Paul Morton War correspondents have long entered combat zoned at great personal risk, determined to capture the conflict for … Continue reading Inappropriate Conduct: Mystery of a Disgraced War Correspondent
I hope you will find some interesting reading here and some colorful photographs. Starting on the home page you wll read a synopsis of my book “Inappropriate Conduct: Mystery of a Disgraced War Correspondent.” There are also some reviews of the book and brief profiles of some of the amazing characters who make up the book. … Continue reading WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE!
Don North, veteran TV reporter, looks back on his days with the late Consortium News founder and editor Bob Parry, beginning in Central America during Reagan’s wars. By Don North I first met Bob Parry back in the early 80’s in El Salvador. We bonded immediately over our mutual revulsion for US President Ronald Reagan and … Continue reading Instead of a Pulitzer, He was Fired
Fifty years ago April 4th, 1968 By Don North ABC News correspondent Don North left the violence of Vietnam on April 3rd, 1968 to arrive in Washington, gripped by the violent reaction to the assassination of Dr. Martin … Continue reading From Saigon to Washington: Chaos in the Streets
You’ve read the book, now time for the movie! The first draft of the screenplay is available for your perusal here! Let me know what you think!
To commemorate the recent 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, the United States Diplomacy Center hosted a panel of eye witnesses — including retired diplomats and a former journalist — as well as a military historian to take us back to the night of the attack. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs … Continue reading Tet Offensive
On January 31, 1968, Viet Cong forces attacked the U.S. Embassy in Saigon as part of the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War. On the eve of the 50th anniversary, veteran war correspondent Don North takes us back to that momentous event. By Don North ABC News correspondent Don North covering the Vietnam … Continue reading Assault on the Embassy: The Tet Offensive Fifty Years Later
Exclusive: Like many separatist movements, the push for Catalonian independence from Spain results from a mix of historic grievances, cultural pride and economic challenges, as war correspondent Don North describes. By Don North Before embarking for a visit to Barcelona, the hotbed of Catalonian independence, I was disappointed to find little historical analysis about the enigma … Continue reading Homage to Barcelona
As information warfare becomes a hotter topic, journalists have become bigger targets for repression and even assassination, a troubling trend that is spreading across the globe, reports veteran war correspondent Don North. November 7, 2017 By Don North Amid a surge in violence against journalists, two Paris-based press-freedom organizations have launched a project aimed at … Continue reading The Dangerous Business of Journalism
September 20, 2017 Exclusive: The PBS 10-part Vietnam War series offers valuable insights into the horrific conflict but still treads lightly on U.S. leaders’ guilt as they lied and connived to start and extend the slaughter, as war correspondent Don North describes. By Don North Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen observed in his 2016 book, Nothing Ever … Continue reading PBS’ ‘Vietnam War’ Tells Some Truths
It was known to local missionaries as “the Hill of Angels,” but to the occupying Marines, Con Thien was a little piece of hell. Just two miles south of the Demilitarized Zone, it was a barren, bulldozed plateau of red dirt 525 feet high and ringed with barbed wire, studded with artillery revetments and crisscrossed … Continue reading A Little Piece of Hell
Exclusive: At a key juncture of the Vietnam War, the Battle of Hue shocked Americans with scenes of brutal urban warfare, offering lessons that reverberate to the present, reflects Don North in reviewing a book by Mark Bowden. By Don North *** The Battle of Hue in 1968 – the climactic clash of the Tet Offensive, … Continue reading Grim Lessons from a Faraway War