Vladimir Pozner

On this date in 1934, Vladimir Pozner was born in Paris, France, to Russian parents. They lived in New York City from 1940 to 1948, then moved to Soviet-occupied Berlin and Moscow. Pozner graduated in 1958 with a Master's in biology. In 1961, he joined Novosty Press Agency. Pozner became editor of Soviet Life and Sputnik magazines. He was a commentator on Radio Moscow from 1970-1986. Pozner was permitted to travel abroad from 1977-1980, then his passport was revoked for criticizing Russia's military incursions into Afghanistan. In the late 1980s, he began appearing regularly on ABC's "Nightline," the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC and other TV networks in the United States and abroad--all by satellite hookup because Pozner was not allowed to travel. In 1985-1986, he co-hosted two shows, also by satellite, with Phil Donahue, which brought glasnost to Soviet TV. In 1989, Pozner resigned from the Communist Party. He moved to New York City in 1991 to work with Donahue. Parting with Illusions (1990) became a national besteller, which was followed by Eyewitness (1991). In 1997, Pozner returned to Moscow to host two TV shows. He is president of the Academy of Russian Television and dean of the Pozner School of Television Journalism. He has often identified himself as an atheist on TV talkshows. He has won two Emmy certificates and many other awards for his journalism.

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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