Anderson, Terry

Born: October 27, 1947

Ohio connection: Birth


Terry Anderson is a retired journalist and former foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  He served as Chief Middle East Correspondent for the Associated Press, and has worked as a newspaper editor, television and radio reporter, and documentary producer.  Anderson is the author of the best-selling memoir, Den of Lions, an account of his experience as a hostage in Lebanon for nearly seven years, from 1985-1991.

Anderson was born in Lorain, Ohio, on October 27, 1947, and raised in Batavia, New York.  He served as a combat journalist for six years in the United States Marine Corps and served two tours of duty in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.   After his discharge he enrolled at Iowa State University, graduating in 1974 with dual degrees: one in journalism and mass communication, the other in political science. Then he joined the Associated Press, serving in Asia and Africa before being assigned to Lebanon as the chief Mideast correspondent in 1983.

Since his release, Anderson has been a journalism professor at Syracuse University, Ohio University, the University of Kentucky, and the Columbia School of Journalism.  He has also been a talk show guest, a columnist, and a radio talk-show host. Anderson holds numerous awards in journalism, as well as for volunteer and charitable work.  He is honorary chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and he and actress Kieu Chinh co-founded the Vietnam Children’s Fund, which has built schools in Vietnam attended by more than 12,000 students. In 2001 Anderson established the Father Lawrence Martin  Jenco Foundation to honor and support people who do charitable and community service projects in Appalachia.

Anderson has spoken out to help those held or otherwise harmed for trying to report the truth. He lives in Florida where, as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida, he teaches courses on journalism.