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[2 Jul 2018 | Comments Off on Farewell to Sara Llana]
Farewell to Sara Llana

Members of the AAPA gathered recently for a picnic in Paris’ Buttes Chaumont Park to say farewell to Sara Llana who’s been a member for several years. Sara served as secretary general and established the club’s monthly Friday night happy hour tradition. She moves to Canada with her family where she will be the Christian Science Monitor’s Toronto correspondent.
Sara was a vivacious, active and integral member of the AAPA.
She will be sorely missed!

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[16 Feb 2018 | Comments Off on 2018]
2018

Dear Members,
A short note to wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year (and belatedly posting this message on our website a tad later than it was sent out by email).
As you will all likely know by now, members elected me president of the association at the annual general meeting in December.
Thank you again for your confidence in me, and in the new Secretary General Cathy Nolan as well as the new committee line-up, which features some new faces alongside the veteran officers.
And thank you again to the …

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[2 Jan 2017 | Comments Off on Here’s to a Memorable 2017]

Dear Member,
As we turn the page on what has been a very eventful year, I want to take a minute of your time to wish you all a positive year on the personal and professional levels. The past 12 months have kept you busy chasing news, and much of it was bad. The coming year will be interesting politically on both sides of the Atlantic, and your workload won’t diminish. Au contraire…
One of the clear messages from the membership survey was that you want to meet more high-profile guests. We’re …

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[7 Jun 2016 | Comments Off on France Honors Two AAPA Stalwarts]
France Honors Two AAPA Stalwarts

Two stalwarts of the AAPA have been singled out for distinctions by the French government.
John Keating, AAPA president between 2012 and 2015, has been inducted into the Ordre National du Mérite with the rank of Chevalier. He was nominated for the award by Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.
John, who is Irish, is a long-standing member of the AAPA. He has been part of its management team for over eight years, and is currently our Treasurer after stepping down from the presidency in December. He has lived in France since 1979 and …

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[4 Jan 2016 | Comments Off on New Year’s Message to the AAPA membership]
New Year’s Message to the AAPA membership

Dear AAPA Members,
At the turn of the year, it’s useful to reflect on the past 12 months and look forward to the future. For the AAPA and its nearly 120 members, 2015 will be remembered by the terrible attacks of January and November that resonated throughout the world and made Paris the focus of global media attention. Among other intense happenings, reporters came face to face with human drama as refugees from the Middle East poured into Europe. Sadly, most of the big headlines from France were of bad news. …

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[5 Nov 2015 | Comments Off on Former AAPA President Rony Koven Dies]
Former AAPA President Rony Koven Dies

Ronald Koven, a long-time Paris-based journalist who struggled tirelessly for the freedom of the press, died on Friday Oct. 30 in Paris of complications following a long battle with cancer. He was 80.
Rony, as he was known to his friends and colleagues, had a long and distinguished career as a foreign correspondent for major U.S. newspapers, and was an ardent ambassador for press freedom around the world in his role as European Representative of the World Press Freedom Committee.
Guy Black, Chairman of the CPU Media Trust and Executive Director, Telegraph …

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[4 May 2015 | Comments Off on Former AAPA Member William Pfaff Dies]
Former AAPA Member William Pfaff Dies

William Pfaff, an international affairs columnist and outspoken critic of the foreign policies of the U.S. and other nations, has died in a Parisian hospital on April 30 at the age of 86. The cause of death was a heart attack, following a fall.
A former member of the AAPA, Mr. Pfaff moved to Paris in 1971 and wrote a syndicated column that appeared for more than 25 years in the International Herald Tribune (now the International New York Times). He was well liked and respected among the Anglo-American journalistic community …

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[10 Mar 2015 | Comments Off on Thumbs Up For AAPA Happy Hour]
Thumbs Up For AAPA Happy Hour

Our second AAPA happy hour on February 6 was as big of a success as the first, with over 25 members gathering in the vaulted basement of the Cordonnerie, a bar in the 2nd. True, the space was a bit musky, and the ceiling a tad low, but all-in-all it was a great time and the beer certainly was cheap.
We’ll probably try out a few more locales before settling in on a permanent home. If anyone has a personal favorite place suitable for more than 20 journalists and their friends …

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[5 Jan 2015 | Comments Off on New Year’s Greetings from the AAPA]
New Year’s Greetings from the AAPA

Paris, January 5, 2015.
 
As we head into what promises to be another exciting and active year at the AAPA, I wanted to communicate my hopes and tentative plans with you for the coming period.
With a new, dynamic team all ready to work, I am eager to undertake the tasks the membership set out for the committee at our AGM on Dec. 17.
Foremost among these will be creating a better sense of community among members to foster better professional, social and personal relationships that would benefit all.
I am mindful that the …

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[27 Oct 2014 | Comments Off on AAPA Member Marcia Lord Dies]
AAPA Member Marcia Lord Dies

Determined, intelligent, lively, curious, outspoken, kind and generous are only a few of the adjectives to describe AAPA member Marcia Lord who passed away October 22 at the Hopital Pompidou in Paris, reports Harriet Welty Rochefort, her friend of 47 years.
A Chicago native, Marcia graduated from Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism where she was a Phi Beta Kappa and after moving to Paris at age 23 spent her entire professional career at UNESCO as an international civil servant. She started her career as a program specialist in the Section …