David Binder (journalist)

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David Binder
David Binder at 81
Born (1931-02-22) February 22, 1931 (age 85)
London, England
Residence Chevy Chase, Maryland & Evanston, Illinois
Nationality American
Education Harvard University, A.B.(cum laude), 1953; University of Cologne, Graduate Study (Fulbright Scholar), 1953–1954
Occupation Journalist, Author and Lecturer
Home town Highland Park, Illinois & Minneapolis, Minnesota
Religion Society of Friends
Spouse(s) Dr. Helga Wagner (1959–present)
Children Julia, Andrea, Alena

David Binder (born February 22, 1931) is an American journalist and author. He was a reporter for the New York Times from 1961 to 2004 [1] serving as a foreign correspondent in Berlin in 1961 where he reported on the building of the Berlin wall;[2] in the Balkans, based in Belgrade 1963–1966; in Germany based in Bonn and later Berlin, 1967 to 1973. During the latter period he reported on the gradual rapprochement between East and West Germany, and on the Prague Spring of 1968. He was then transferred to Washington, D.C as a diplomatic correspondent, later as serving as the bureau's assistant news editor, and again as a reporter. He was repeatedly sent abroad as a special correspondent for The Times to report on the decline of the Soviet Bloc in 1987, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the collapse of the Warsaw Pact and the end of the Communist regimes in the German Democratic Republic,[3] Romania, Albania and Yugoslavia in 1990-1992. He traveled to the Balkans to report on the civil wars that brought about the dissolution of Yugoslavia (1990-1995) and the post-Communist regimes in Bulgaria and Romania . He also reported on the unification of West and East Germany.

In 2000-2001 he again went to the Balkans to report on the burgeoning sex trade and drug smuggling in the region for MSNBC. Early in his career he worked briefly as a science reporter for The Times, returning more than three decades later to reporting on wildlife biology. Over the years he also contributed to other publications including The Reporter, The Nation, The New Republic, Foreign Policy (published in Washington), Politika (a daily published in Belgrade), Vreme, (a weekly published in Belgrade) Weltwoche (Swiss weekly published in Zurich), der Spiegel, (a German weekly published in Hamburg) Stern, (a German magazine(published in Hamburg) Neues Deutschland, (a daily published in Berlin), Blaetter fuer deutsche und internationale Politik (published in Bonn) and The Wilson Quarterly (published in Washington). In 1970 he was elected president of the Verein der Auslaendischen Presse (Foreign Press Association) of Germany. In 1989 he was appointed to the editorial advisory board of the newly created Mediterranean Quarterly.[4] In its first issue he published an article entitled The End of the Bloc, saying the Soviet Union's East European empire was "falling apart before our eyes." This appeared before the opening of the Berlin Wall in November 1989.

Early life[edit]

Binder was born on February 22, 1931, in London, England along with his twin sister Deborah, to American parents Carroll (a newspaperman), and Dorothy (Walton) Binder. He was raised in Highland Park, Illinois in the suburbs of Chicago until the age of 13, when he attended George School,[5] a Quaker boarding school in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard, before going to the University of Cologne to study on Fulbright Fellowship. He worked an assistant in American literature at the Salzburg Seminar in Austria summer of 1953.[6]




  1. ^ a b "Recent and archived news articles by David Binder of The New York Times". New York Times. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Binder, David. "BERLIN WALL BECOMES A 'LIVING, GROWING THING'; East Germans Strengthen Barrier With Many New Fortifications 'Vopos' Surly on Patrol Duty." New York Times [New York City] 26 11 1961, 1st ed. E5. Print
  3. ^ Adler, Ruth. A day in the life of. Reprint. Ayer Publishing, 1981. 14-15. Web. <https://books.google.com/books?id=a2BKdAQ1SKUC&pg=PA14&dq="david binder"washington editor&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nmPOT-GxIsXN6QGW25CIDA&ved=0CEAQ6AEwATgK
  4. ^ Binder, David. "Approaching Albania". Mediterranean Quarterly. 19.1 (2008): 63–79. Web. 28 May 2012. <http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/mediterranean_quarterly/v019/19.1binder.html>.
  5. ^ , ed. "Chicago Park Tour Brings Alumni Together." George School: a Quaker, coeducational boarding and day school, grades nine through twelve.. N.p., 31 May 2010. Web. 20 May 2012. <http://www.georgeschool.org/NewsAndEvents/2010/Chicago Park Tour Brings Alumni Together.asp&xgt;.
  6. ^ "Harvard Crimson: Ten Participants Named to Attend Salzburg Seminar". Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  7. ^ . "Now More than a Hundred years...." Verein der Auslaendischen Presse in deutschland e.V.. VAP, 2011. Web. 1 Aug 2012. <http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.vap-deutschland.org/geschichte.php&prev=/search?q=verein+der+ausl%C3%A4ndischen+presse+David+Binder&hl=en&biw=1360&bih=594&prmd=imvnso&sa=X&ei=qpcZUMSpLofl0QHVqYHACQ&ved=0CGQQ7gEwAA>.
  8. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Fare-Well-Illyria-David-Binder/dp/6155225745/ref=la_B001K82ZKE_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381673712&sr=1-1