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Georgie Anne Geyer

Georgie Anne Geyer (BSJ56) was a member of the inaugural class of the Medill Hall of Achievement in 1997.

As a columnist, lecturer, and author, Geyer is known and respected around the world for her probing, sensitive, and innovative reporting as a foreign correspondent. Her interview list reads like a "Who's Who" of international leaders: Cuban President Fidel Castro, Argentinean President Juan Peron, King Hussein of Jordan, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini and Saddam Hussein of Iraq.

After spending a year in Austria as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Vienna, Geyer returned to Chicago and joined the Chicago Daily News. In 1964, she earned a six-month fellowship for travel in South America and she convinced her editor to let her write while she was there, becoming the Latin American correspondent for the Daily News for three years.

In 1975, Geyer became a Washington, D.C.- based columnist for The Los Angeles Times Syndicate. Her column on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy is distributed by the Universal Press Syndicate and appears in approximately 120 newspapers in the United States and Latin America.

Geyer is also the author of eight books including "Buying the Night Flight: The Autobiography of a Woman Foreign Correspondent" an "Guerrilla Prince: The Untold Story of Fidel Castro," a biography of Castro that was made into a Showtime TV mini-series in January 2001.

Geyer has 21 honorary degrees, including one from Northwestern in 1993, as well as many journalism awards. Her life story was the subject of an unauthorized TV sit-com, "Hearts Afire," in 1992.

Geyer died in 2019.