New York, N.Y., July 9, 1998 -- Murray
Seeger, a veteran journalist who has been a foreign
correspondent in Europe and Asia, has been named
Washington representative by the Committee to Protect
Journalists (CPJ). Seeger, whose career as a reporter and
editor has included stints at the Cleveland Plain
Dealer, The New York Times, Newsweek magazine, and
The Los Angeles Times, has also worked as a public
affairs director for the AFL-CIO, Radio Free Europe-Radio
Liberty, Inc., and the International Monetary Fund.
During his 14-year tenure at The Los Angeles
Times, Seeger served as the paper's bureau chief in
Moscow, Bonn, and Brussels.
In addition to his work in print journalism, he has
been a radio commentator and a teacher of journalism at
George Washington University, the University of Maryland,
The American University, and the University of Michigan.
As a USIA Visiting Scholar in Journalism in Nigeria,
Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and Bangladesh, Seeger
worked with local journalists on such issues as the
relationship between government and journalists, the role
of the press in a democratic society, foreign policy and
the media, and economic journalism. In 1996, he organized
a training course for South African editors sponsored by
the Nieman Foundation for the Advancement of Journalism
at Harvard University.
In announcing Seeger's appointment to the newly
created post, CPJ executive director Ann Cooper said,
"Murray Seeger's distinguished career as a journalist and
public affairs specialist, coupled with his abiding
concern with fostering the development of a free press
throughout the world, combine to make him an ideal
representative for CPJ in Washington." A 1951 graduate of
the University of Iowa, Seeger was a Nieman Fellow at
Harvard University. The Committee to Protect Journalists
is a New York-based independent, nonprofit organization
that works to safeguard press freedom around the world.