Veteran journalist to headline Dec. 4 UW-Green Bay Common Theme event

Reporting the World promotional posterAs part of its Common Theme programming, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will present “Reporting the World: A Life of Public Engagement,” featuring veteran journalist Scott C. Johnson, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Christie Theatre of the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. It is free and open to the public.

An American journalist who worked for 12 years as a Newsweek foreign correspondent, Johnson has reported from more than 50 countries and published articles on topics including Iraqi insurgents, electoral violence in Kenya and the Central American child migrant crisis. He has spent much of the last decade in the Middle East, covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; and in Africa, reporting on politics and current affairs. He has been the chief of Newsweek’s Mexico, Baghdad and Africa bureaus, as well as a special correspondent. Johnson was part of the team that contributed to Newsweek’s 2003 National Magazine Award for reporting on the Iraq War, and in 2004 the Overseas Press Club honored his reports on Latin America. He has appeared in various American media, including on CNN, MSNBC and National Public Radio, and his work has been featured in publications such as Granta, Guernica and National Geographic Explorer.

Johnson’s first book, a memoir titled “The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, A Son, and the CIA” was included on the Long List for the National Book Award. UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Library has Johnson’s book, and The Phoenix Bookstore has ordered copies, as well.

Johnson’s talk is part of the 2014-15 UW-Green Bay Common Theme, “Engaging in Public Life.” The Common Theme is a yearlong program designed to engage the campus and community in the ideals of a liberal arts education and the UW-Green Bay interdisciplinary mission. It is designed to encourage faculty, staff, students and community members to focus on a general theme from multiple perspectives and have a shared experience with open discussion and critical thinking. Past Common Themes have focused on diversity, global citizenship, creativity, sustainability and more. Additional information about the Common Theme is available at


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