Tuesday, November 04, 2008

American journalists

As a background activity I continue to collect stamps picturing famous people named Eric. Last week, browsing a philatelic newspaper, I was glad to find a new addition for my collection. It is part of a set of five stamps issued by USPS (USA postal service) on the 22nd of April 2008 to honour five distinguished journalists.

One of the stamps is dedicated to Eric Sevareid.

Eric Sevareid (1912-1992) was a journalist for CBS news from 1939 to 1977. Born in North Dakota, he was of Norwegian ancestry and preserved a strong bond with Norway throughout his life. During Wold War II he was one of the first to report on the fall of France in 1940. After the war he continued his career in the written press and then on television, where he felt less at ease, as he considered himself as a writer first. He put an end to his career at CBS in 1977. He died from a stomach cancer in 1992. All along his career he has received various awards among which the Peabody Award (three times) and the Emmy Award (two times).

The other stamps are dedicated to Marth Gellhorn, George Polk, John Hersey and Ruben Salazar.

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