Arnaud de Borchgrave, Award-Winning Journalist, UPI and Newsweek Editor, Dies at 88

Image: Arnaud de Borchgrave, Legendary Journalist, Dies Arnaud de Borchgrave in the newsroom of The Washington Times. (Getty Images)
Image: Arnaud de Borchgrave, Legendary Journalist, Dies Arnaud de Borchgrave in the newsroom of The Washington Times. (Getty Images)

Award-winning editor, war correspondent, and best-selling author Arnaud de Borchgrave, hailed as one of the most noteworthy journalists of the modern era, died Sunday after an extended illness. He was 88. De Borchgrave served as executive director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington, D.C. He was a founding board member of Newsmax Media, as well as editor-at-large for United Press International. He served as Newsweek’s senior editor and chief foreign correspondent for 25 years.

Longtime colleague and network TV correspondent Marvin Kalb commented on his passing: “He was priceless, his contributions to journalism immeasurable.”

Former U.S. National Security Adviser Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski said of de Borchgrave that “throughout his career he showed courage and intense involvement.”

He added that de Borchgrave “stood out among newspaper and radio reporters in that he understood history and had a keen insight into the strategic conflicts that have been dominating the world over the last several decades.”

Among the highlights of his storied life: At the age of 14 he and his family fled Nazi occupied Belgium for England; as a young man serving in the Britain’s Royal Navy he was wounded storming Juno Beach on D-Day; he rose to become Newsweek’s No. 1 foreign correspondent, and befriended and interviewed a roster of personages including Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Gamal Nasser, Anwar Sadat, Golda Meir, and Ronald Reagan, among many others.

In July, de Borchgrave received the Legion of Honor, the French government’s highest civilian distinction. In making the presentation, French Ambassador François Delattre called de Borchgrave “a World War II hero to whom France is eternally grateful, and one of the most remarkable journalists of our lifetime who is also a great friend of France and an exceptional individual.”

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Source: Newsmax | David A. Patten