Events & News

AAPA Mourns Peter Stephens

Peter Stephens, a long-time Daily Mirror Paris bureau chief and one of the towering figures of the post-World War II foreign press corps, died at his home in the 16th arrondissement on Sept.30. A former president of the AAPA, he was 92. Born inEnglandin 1919, Peter first became fascinated byFrancewhen he arrived with the British Army during World War II. He had been training to be a doctor when…


John D. Panitza

We are sad to announce that John D. Panitza, former Managing Editor of Reader’s Digest and a long-time member of AAPA, died in Paris on July 28 at the age of 80 after a long struggle with cancer.   “Dimi,” as he was known to all, worked for the Digest for 42 years, most of them as head of its European Editorial Office in Paris, which produced articles for the magazine’s numerous editions around…


Sun Shines For AAPA's Annual Gala

Our annual spring gala held at the British Embassy residence this year on June 1 had all the necessary ingredients for a successful event: a wonderful setting, a brace of top-level diplomats, fantastic weather, high-caliber guests and great catering. Nearly 100 members and their guests listened as our host and honorary co-president, British Ambassador Peter Westmacott made us feel at home with…


The Association's Author's Night

The Association's Author's Night on March 28 filled John Morris' loft with people eager to learn what inspires authors and how they get their books published. The speakers were a brochette of AAPA member-authors, including Christopher Dickey, Peter Gumbel, David Pike, John Morris, Don Morrison, Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, Alan Riding, Harriet Welty Rochefort and Gerry Dryansky, with a collective…


Farewell to Pat Thompson

We gathered for the burial mass under a gray, damp sky on the morning of December 28 at the Eglise Saint Thomas d'Aquin in the 7th to remember and reflect on the life of longstanding AAPA member Pat Thompson, amid prayers, music and a sense of great loss among some one hundred fifty attending relatives, friends and colleagues.   Conducted in English by the American priest Francis Finnigan, the…


The President’s letter

Dear Association Member, Our Annual General Meeting at John Morris’ home on Nov. 24 was a convivial and productive evening. We discussed a number of topics including: our healthy finances, a recap of the many varied guests we received and events which were organized during the past year, our membership tally, and our ever-evolving website. And, of course, we voted for our officers who will serve…


Joanne and Gerry Dryansky's books

Gerry Dryansky and his wife Joanne, who began writing together doing screenplays, have had two of their three novels out now, nearly at the same time, SATAN LAKE and FORTUNE’S SECOND WINK/LA DEUXIEME VIE DE FATIMA. The first is with the prestigious literary houses of Actes Sud in France and McArthur &Co. in Canada and the second with the French Les Editions Héloïse d’Ormesson.  Each is in a…


Peter Gumbel's new book

“On achève bien les écoliers” (Grasset)   Back in 2002, we moved to Paris from Los Angeles, in part because we wanted our children to have a great European education. French schools, with their high academic standards, seemed to offer just that, at least from a distance.   It didn’t take long to discover that the reality of school here is far removed from the magnificent ideal of a great…


A Look Inside the NYPD

AAPA member and Newsweek Paris bureau chief Christopher Dickey's critically acclaimed book "Securing the City: Inside America's Best Counterterror Force -- the NYPD," is now out in paperback and as an e-book from Simon and Schuster. Picked by the New York Times as a notable book of 2009, this widely acclaimed and highly readable narrative shows how the New York City Police Department met the the…


John Morris

AAPA member John G. Morris received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the May 10 "Infinity Awards" dinner of New York's International Center of Photography, attended by 600. The awards honor nine members of the photographic community each year. The award for photojournalism went to the Paris-based freelance Reza. The top award to a photographer, named for ICP founder Cornell Capa, went to the…