Kathy Gannon, a journalist who has reported for nearly 30 years from Afghanistan, one of the world’s most dangerous and difficult countries, and this year’s recipient of the Grady College’s McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage, will give the 38th annual McGill Lecture.
Gannon, a correspondent for the Associated Press, will discuss “Journalism: Myth and Realities” Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. in Room 148 of the Miller Learning Center. The lecture is open free to the public.
In 2014, Gannon was attacked and badly wounded by Afghan security forces while covering the presidential elections. Her AP colleague Anja Niedringhaus was killed in what was the first known case of security forces attacking journalists in Afghanistan. Gannon had been reporting from Afghanistan since 1986, covering Taliban rule in the 1990s, the post-9/11 U.S. invasion in 2001 and subsequent 13-year war.
Awarded the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage in spring 2015, Gannon will receive her medal Nov. 3 in a 4 p.m. ceremony in the Peyton Anderson Forum.