Journalist, Washington Post and Author

Don Oberdorfer

About the Speaker

For 38 years before his retirement, Don Oberdorfer was a distinguished journalist at the Washington Post, including 17 years as the newspaper's diplomatic correspondent. He was responsible for covering the White House and Northeast Asia for The Washington Post. Mr. Oberdorfer also reported for The Charlotte Observer, The Saturday Evening Post and Knight newspapers.

Mr. Oberdorfer is an internationally acclaimed author, whose insightful and interesting analysis has been described in his books including: The Two Koreas (1997); Tet! (1971), a history of the 1968 battle in Vietnam; and The Turn: From the Cold War to a New Era (1991), a history of U.S.-Soviet diplomacy from 1983 to 1990.

In the fall semester of 1977, 1982, and 1986, he served as Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton. Presently, he is journalist-in-residence at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.

He is currently writing a history under SAIS sponsorship on North-South relations in Korea since 1972. Mr. Oberdorfer's most recent project is “Princeton University: The First 250 Years”, a book celebrating the University's 250th anniversary.