“I wanted to go and get him, but I know they would have killed me.” - Bowen at Frontline

For a journalist who’s spent decades reporting from the world’s most dangerous and war-torn places, Jeremy Bowen is surprisingly jovial. Reflecting on his life in the trade, stories of drunken blunders and catastrophic cock-ups punctuated the evening last Tuesday, in his  conversation with Vin Ray at the Frontline club.

His life reporting from the front-lines, though, has been no laughing matter. Since graduating from Geneva, “the nursery slopes of foreign reporting”, he has covered some of the defining events of the post-Cold War era.

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