“The way to tell a story is all about the people,” NBC News Tel Aviv bureau chief and correspondent Martin Fletcher told an audience of about 400 last night in suburban Chicago, describing how he approaches journalism. “It’s very important to me to be as close-up as possible.”
TVNewser was there as Fletcher spoke in Northbrook, part of a 23-city book tour this month to mark the paperback release of his 2008 memoir, Breaking News. He told the crowd of his nearly 40 years in journalism — 32 with NBC — and his experiences in some of the world’s most dangerous hot spots.
Take an incident almost 30 years ago, on November 15, 1979. In Tehran reporting on the 53 American hostages at the U.S. embassy, he too was taken by Iranian militants. Held for nine hours, Fletcher was transported to the same embassy, making him the first television correspondent inside the occupied building, though not by his choosing.
The episode “wasn’t scary at all,” he tells TVNewser. “I don’t take risks, and I don’t go into dangerous situations,” he explains. “However, my definitions of risk and danger may well be different from most people!”
More from Fletcher about foreign news coverage, and his next book — plus additional photos, after the jump…