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Veteran Hawaii journalist Denby Fawcett is headed to Washington, D.C., to participate in an interesting presentation sponsored by the national museum of journalism history, the Newseum. “Eyewitness to History: Women Reporters Who Covered Vietnam” features Fawcett and three other female former Vietnam war correspondents discussing their experiences.
From the program notes: “Denby Fawcett quit her job as a reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in 1966 when her editors refused her request to cover the war. Ready to leave for Vietnam as a freelancer, she was hired by the Honolulu Advertiser and was sent to Saigon.”
Fawcett’s regular Civil Beat column will be on hiatus until she returns, but you can check out some of her thoughts on reporting from a war zone in previous columns:
Just to note, Fawcett isn’t the only female Vietnam-era war correspondent to live in Hawaii. Also in that club are Bev Keever, a longtime journalism professor at the University of Hawaii, and Tad Bartimus, a former Associated Press reporter and bureau chief, who for the past few years has been instrumental in the educational success of high school kids in Hana who are winning Gates Millennium Scholarships regularly.
Patti Epler is the Editor and General Manager of Civil Beat. She's been a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, primarily in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington and Arizona. You can follow her on twitter at @PattiEpler, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 808-377-0561.