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Robert Zelnick, journalism professor, discusses his experience as a journalist. He describes his work as a journalist in Moscow during the Cold War, and he notes the essential traits of a good journalist.

Robert Zelnick

Robert ZelnickProfessor, Journalism

Mr. Zelnick spent twenty-one years with ABC News. He covered national political and congressional affairs from 1994 to 1998. He served as Pentagon correspondent from 1986 to 1994, covering the end of the Cold War and the first Persian Gulf War. Mr. Zelnick reported from Israel from 1984 to 1986 and Moscow from 1982 to 1984. Before joining ABC News in 1977, Mr. Zelnick covered the Supreme Court for National Public Radio and the Christian Science Monitor and served as executive editor of the historic Nixon-Frost Interviews, broadcast in 1977. The holder of two Emmy Awards and two Gavel Awards, Mr. Zelnick began his career in 1967 as a freelance writer from Vietnam and worked in Alaska for the Anchorage Daily News in 1968 and 1969. A frequent television analyst and contributor to many newspapers and scholarly journals, Mr. Zelnick is the author of four books, including Gore: A Political Life.


BS, Cornell University
LLB, University of Virginia Law School


Email: bzelnick@bu.edu
Office: B37E