The Life of a War Reporter
in Iraq and Afghanistan
October 5, 5:30-8:30pm
19 South Wabash, 2d floor
5:30, presentation 6:00-6:30 followed by discussion.
$40 includes drinks, two cigars,
and sandwiches. Jacket and tie recommended. Members
and their guests are invited.
Reservations are required.
James Janega will talk about
his experiences as a war correspondent for the Chicago Tribune
in Iraq and Afghanistan, and narrate some vivid photographs and
videos. From 2003 until 2009 he reported from Iraq,
Afghanistan and the Gulf Coast. For the Tribune, he
covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the 2004 battle for Fallujah,
and the troop surge in 2007. In Afghanistan, he covered the
Illinois National Guard as they advised the Afghan national
police and army.
He is currently a staff reporter in the Chicagoland section of
the Chicago Tribune. He has reported from the Gulf
Coast, the Midwest and the Middle East. In the past he has been
the Trib Nation manager at the Chicago Tribune, a
reporter and editor at the City News Bureau, and a freelance
correspondent for the DeKalb Daily Chronicle. He
has degrees from the University of Illinois Springfield (MA,
Public Affairs Reporting), Northern Illinois University (BS,
Journalism, Music) and is a graduate of New Trier High School.
He is the author of two books: Chicago Lives: Men and Woman
Who Shaped Our City, and The Idiot's Guide to Surviving
Iraq. About the latter:
"Iraq is a one of the most dangerous places in the world—yet
journalists, private contractors, and soldiers still must travel
there. This book has everything visitors need to know to get by,
including all aspects of security, picking a translator,
traffic, bribery, eating, the weather, who’s in charge,
important government acronyms, hotels and buying and renting
houses, transportation and traffic, and much more."
Mr. Janega lives with his family in Chicago.