David K. Shipler is a former New York Times Middle East correspondent.
A 1964 graduate of Dartmouth College, he completed a ten-year peropd on the College's Board of Trustees in June 2003. In Fall 2003, he is back at Dartmouth, as a Montgomery Fellow and Visiting Professor in the Department of Government. He is teaching an advanced seminar on Civil Liberties in a Time of Terrorism. He has taught previously at Princeton and American University, and has been a writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California, and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at more than a dozen campuses.
Following graduation from Dartmouth, Professor Shipler served in the U.S. Navy as an officer on a destroyer from 1964-66. He then joined The New York Times as a news clerk. Promoted to city staff reporter in 1968, he covered the areas of housing, poverty and politics, winning awards from the American Political Science Association, the New York Newspaper Guild, and elsewhere. From 1973-75, he served as a New York Times correspondent in Saigon, covering South Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. He also reported from Burma. In 1975, he spent a semester at the Russian Institute of Columbia University studying the Russian language and Soviet politics, economics and history to prepare for assignment in Moscow, where he was a correspondent in the Moscow Bureau from 1975-79, and Moscow Bureau Chief from 1977-79.
From 1979-84, he served as Bureau Chief of The New York Times in Jerusalem and was a co-recipient (with Thomas Friedman) of the 1983 George Polk Award for covering the Lebanon War. He spent the following year as a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington to write Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, which explores the mutual perceptions and relationships between Arabs and Jews in Israel and the West Bank. This book won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and was extensively revised and updated in 2002. This work was furthered by his role as executive producer, writer and narrator of a two-hour PBS documentary on Arab and Jew, which won a 1990 Dupont-Columbia award for broadcast journalism, and of a one-hour film, Arab and Jew: Return to the Promised Land, which aired on PBS in August 2002. Shipler served as the Chief Diplomatic Correspondent in the Washington Bureau of The New York Times until 1988. From 1988-90, he was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, writing on transitions to democracy in Russia and Eastern Europe for The New Yorker and other publications. His best-selling book, Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams, was published in 1983 and updated in 1989. Widely acclaimed by critics, it won the Overseas Press Club Award in 1983 as the best book that year on foreign affairs. In 1997, his book, A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America, was published, leading to his being one of three authors invited by President Clinton to participate in his first town meeting on race. He recently completed a book on the working poor, and is now beginning research for a book on civil liberties.