Ethan Bronner, the New York Times' Jerusalem bureau chief, will discuss covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on February 3, 2010.
Bronner has served as bureau chief in Jerusalem for the past two years, this followed on his four year stint as the paper’s deputy foreign editor, where he focused largely on the Middle East. This is Bronner’s third tour in Jerusalem. He had previously served as Middle East bureau chief for The Boston Globe for six years in the 1990s and as deputy Jerusalem bureau chief for Reuters in the mid-1980s.
Last year Bronner described in an article for the New York Times ("Gaza Notebook: The Bullets in My In-Box" January 25, 2009) the difficulty inherent in reporting on events in Gaza: "No place, date or event in this conflicted land is spoken of in a common language," Bronner wrote. "The barrier snaking across and inside the West Bank is a wall to Palestinians, a fence to Israelis. The holiest site in Jerusalem is the Temple Mount to Jews, the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims. The 1948 conflict that created Israel is one side's War of Independence, the Catastrophe for the other."
Illustrating the great range of his coverage are some of his most recent stories in the New York Times. "A Mideast Bond, Stitched of Pain and Healing" (31 December 2009) recounted how two children, one an Israeli Jew wounded by a Hamas rocket, the other Palestinian Muslim from Gaza paralyzed by an Israeli missile, have found friendship with one another in the Alyn Hospital in Jerusalem. In the article "Gaza Journal: Putting Lens on Lives in Suspended Animation in Gaza" (6 January 2010) Bronner described a recent initiative by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem to give a voice to 18 young people in Gaza. Videos created by these Gaza residents, Bronner noted, are now posted online at the Israeli news site, Ynet. In addition, the following day (January 7, 2010), Bronner reported on the recent border clash between Hamas and Egypt in "http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/07/world/middleeast/07gaza.html."
At the New York Times, Bronner has served as assistant editorial page editor and a series of articles he co-edited about the investigation of al-Qaeda’s role in the September 11th attacks received a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism. In addition, during his stint at the Times, Bronner has served first as national education correspondent from 1997 to 1999 and then as education editor from 1999 to 2001.
While at the Boston Globe, where he worked from 1985 until 1997, Bronner's initial beat included general assignment and urban affairs. He then went on to become the paper's Supreme Court and legal affairs correspondent in Washington, D.C., and finally its Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem. In 1980, Bronner began his journalistic career at Reuters, reporting from London, Madrid, Brussels, and Jerusalem.
He is the author of Battle for Justice: How the Bork Nomination Shook America (Norton, 1989), which was chosen by The New York Public Library as one of the 25 best books of 1989 and awarded a Silver Gavel by the American Bar Association. Bronner is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is married to Naomi Kehati, a psychologist. They have two sons.
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