21 Facts About Anne Garrels


Anne Longworth Garrels was an American broadcast journalist who worked as a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, as well as for ABC and NBC, and other media.

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Anne Longworth Garrels was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on July 2,1951, the daughter of Valerie and John C Garrels, Jr.

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Anne Garrels spent part of her childhood in London, where her father worked as an executive for Monsanto.

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In 1975, Anne Garrels worked for the ABC television network in several positions for ten years, including as producer—one of the few women broadcast journalists at the time.

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Anne Garrels served ABC in the Soviet Union as Moscow bureau chief and correspondent until she was expelled in 1982.

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Anne Garrels interviewed prominent Soviet dissidents Andrei Sakharov, Roy Medvedev, and Sergei Kovalyov.

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Anne Garrels's reporting exposed numerous hardships of Soviet citizens, displeasing the Soviet government, resulting in her 1982 expulsion.

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Anne Garrels did not return until 1988, just before the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Anne Garrels was the NBC News correspondent at the US State Department.

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In mid-1988, Anne Garrels hosted Science Journal, a 25-part weekly news series on science, medicine and technology, at WETA-TV, and aired by PBS.

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Anne Garrels joined NPR in 1988 and reported on conflicts in Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, the West Bank, and Iraq.

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Anne Garrels returned to Russia in 1988, as the Soviet Union began to collapse, and from 1993 until 1997 was NPR's Moscow bureau chief.

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Anne Garrels survived the April 8,2003, US tank attack on the Palestine Hotel, where she and hundreds of other journalists were living.

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Anne Garrels subsequently returned to Iraq several times for NPR.

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Anne Garrels was an embedded reporter with the US Marines during the November 2004 attack on Fallujah.

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Anne Garrels covered the January 2005 Iraqi national elections for an interim government, as well as constitutional referendum and the December 2005 elections for the first full term Iraqi government.

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In 2007 Anne Garrels was criticized by FAIR for using confessions by prisoners who had been tortured, during a story about an Iraqi Shiite militia.

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Anne Garrels continued her work with the Committee to Protect Journalists until the end of her life, serving on its Board of Directors.

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Toward the end of her life, Anne Garrels served as a judge for the Overseas Press Club Awards, including the Lowell Thomas Award which she judged in 2021.

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In 1986, Garrels married J Vinton Lawrence, one of two CIA paramilitary officers from the Special Activities Division stationed in Laos in the early 1960s, who worked with Hmong tribesmen and the CIA-owned airline Air America.

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Anne Garrels lived in Norfolk, Connecticut, where she died from lung cancer on September 7,2022, aged 71.

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