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In the world of Jon Lee Anderson

In Centroamérica, Comunicación, Periodismo, Política on 10 julio, 2016 at 6:59 pm
Jon Lee Anderson.

Jon Lee Anderson, journalist and writer. Photo by MLargaespada

By Mildred Largaespada/ Anny Baldwin

He arrives by car, with a beautiful blonde woman beside him in the passenger seat.

He is easily recognisable: his photo has recently appeared in the Spanish press and social media: a man in an elegant crisp white guayabera shirt, pictured standing on the roof-terrace of a building in Madrid. The headlines name him with the reverence due celebrities. His words are retweeted, commented and celebrated.

His name has a substance of its own: Jon Lee Anderson. Known as one of the best journalists on the planet, he has garnered worldwide praise for his writing in the New Yorker. University schools of journalism study his dispatches from Latin-American reality: Nicaragua, Cuba, Brazil, Haiti… and also from Libya, Siria, Liberia, Iraq and Angola… he not only exercises the craft of journalism, but also teaches it, at the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for Iberian-American Journalism. The school was set up by the Nobel laureate himself and provides training to dozens of Latin American journalists every year.

My meeting with Anderson takes place in Salobreña, near Granada, in southern Spain. The Mediterranean is just a few feet away, but we won´t be dipping into it. Instead, we’ll refresh ourselves with ice-cold Alhambra beer and eat a modestly-priced set menu. Having managed to park the car, Anderson hurries over, apologising for having arrived almost an hour late. But I don’t have it in me to grumble at someone who has courteously agreed to be interviewed in the middle of his summer holiday.

He’s wearing the sort of t-shirt generally favoured by true rock stars at their hot-weather gigs: short sleeved, grey, or a washed-out shade of blue, easy-fit. And loose-cut jeans. Summer flip-flops on his feet. Altogether essential clothing for riding out another of Spain’s July heatwaves.
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Creciendo como Jon Lee Anderson

In Centroamérica, Comunicación, Crónicas, España, Narrativa, Periodismo, Política on 5 agosto, 2015 at 12:26 am
Jon Lee Anderson, periodista y escritor. Photo by MLargaespada

Jon Lee Anderson, periodista y escritor. Photo by MLargaespada

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Por Mildred Largaespada

 

Llega conduciendo un coche con una despampanante rubia al lado, de copiloto.

Es fácil reconocerlo. Acaba de aparecer su foto publicada en las redes sociales y periódicos españoles. En ellas se mira a un hombre vestido con fresca y elegante guayabera blanca posando en una terraza de un edificio en Madrid. Los titulares le nombran con la reverencia que se ofrece a las grandes personalidades. Le retuitean, comentan y celebran.

Su nombre ya se escribe en letra sólida: Jon Lee Anderson. Se le conoce como uno de los mejores periodistas del planeta. Le alaban mundialmente sus crónicas periodísticas que publica en The New Yorker. En las universitarias escuelas de periodismo se estudian sus piezas que retratan situaciones latinoamericanas: Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, Brasil, Haití… Y también Libia, Siria, Liberia, Irak, Angola… Ejerce el oficio y lo enseña en la Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano, creada por el mismo Premio Nobel de Literatura, adonde acuden cada año decenas de periodistas latinoamericanos a formarse.

El encuentro con Anderson ocurre en Salobreña, Granada, al sur de España. El Mediterráneo está a pocos metros pero no nos bañaremos. Nos refrescaremos con cañas frías de cerveza Alhambra y comeremos un menú de precio medio. Cuando consigue dejar aparcado el coche, se acerca con rapidez, pide disculpas por el retraso de casi una hora, pero no me nace un reclamo para alguien que ha tenido la gentileza de aceptar una entrevista en medio de sus vacaciones de verano. Lee el resto de esta entrada »