2004 Joe Alex Morris Jr. Lecture

Awards February 3, 2004

I remember as a young journalist in college when we were studying journalism, Joe Alex Morris was a name that I knew well. It was a name that I looked up to — somebody who had an understanding and a compassion for the Middle East that's not always evident in coverage that comes out of that region. That I'm here speaking in a lecture that carries his name is a great honor. Read more

2003 Joe Alex Morris Jr. Lecture

Awards March 13, 2003

As I speak to you today, our nation prepares for war. Within a short time, young Americans and Iraqis will begin to die. There appears to be nothing any of us who oppose this war can do. Read more

2002 Joe Alex Morris Jr. Lecture

Awards March 9, 2002

A few years ago I was on the border of Georgia and Azerbaijan trying to talk my way into that breakaway region. The Russian peacekeeper on duty wouldn't let me through. Read more

2001 Joe Alex Morris Jr. Lecture

Awards March 7, 2001

Ten days ago I was in Ramallah, on the West Bank, with Adila Laidi, a straight-backed Palestinian woman dressed in grey and black. She was showing me around an exhibition called "100 Lives," commemorating some of the victims of the latest Intifada. Read more

1999 Joe Alex Morris Jr. Lecture

Awards May 9, 1999

I thank you very much for being here tonight. Let me also thank Fidel Castro. In the earliest days of CNN, when CNN was meant to be seen only in the United States, the enterprising Fidel Castro was pirating and watching CNN in Cuba. Read more