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Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 19:00 - 21:00

"Covering the next war - if there is one"
The cutting edge of the journalism industry from the men and women on the frontlines
Kirk Spitzer
Tokyo Correspondent for USA TODAY
(The speech and Q&A will be in English: 7:00 - 8:00 PM, Networking time: 8:00 - 9:00 PM)

Speaker's profile:
Kirk Spitzer is Tokyo Correspondent for USA TODAY, responsible for covering defense, politics, business and social issues in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.

Altogether, Kirk has spent more than a quarter century covering defense and foreign affairs, including frontline coverage of wars and armed conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, East Africa and elsewhere. He has worked in print, television and online.

Kirk graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism and was a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center in Hawaii and a Herbert J. Davenport Fellow at the University of Missouri.

Kirk started his career as a business and government reporter for newspapers in Tallahassee, Florida, and Fort Worth, Texas, then worked as Pentagon correspondent for Gannett News Service and USA TODAY in Washington DC from 1990 to 2002.

He worked for CBS News as a reporter and producer, based in Paris, until moving to Japan 2007.  In Tokyo, he worked for Bloomberg Television and as a freelance writer for TIME magazine before returning to USA TODAY last year.

The speaker is appearing gratis. Ticket price is 2,000 yen and includes a light buffet dinner and two drinks. Additional drinks will be available at normal prices from the bar.
Please reserve in advance; call FCCJ Reception Desk at 03-3211-3161 or on the website. Reservations cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be charged in full.

Note: This event is restricted to FCCJ members and specially invited guests.

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