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Katz JCC to host author and Emmy-winning news correspondent, Martin Fletcher

MARGATE — The Milton & Betty Katz JCC will kick off its Jewish Author Series with Martin Fletcher, author and former NBC News Middle East correspondent and Tel Aviv bureau chief 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 at the Katz JCC, 501 N. Jerome Ave.

Fletcher will speak about his newest book, "Promised Land: A Novel of Israel."

Fletcher has been covering world events for 40 years, mostly for NBC News. He was NBC correspondent in Israel for 26 years and bureau chief for 15 years. He has won almost every award in TV journalism, including the du Pont, known as the TV Pulitzer, five Overseas Press Club awards, the Edward R. Murrow award for excellence several times, five Emmys and many other awards. His awards were won for his coverage on Kosovo, Rwanda, Israel, the first and second Palestinian uprisings and Israel’s war with Lebanon in 2006.

Fletcher walked for three weeks across the Hindu Kush mountains from Pakistan into Afghanistan with the Mujahideen, today’s Taliban, to report on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He was the only television reporter to join the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. He was the only reporter to enter the American embassy in Tehran when Iranian students held American diplomats hostage for 444 days.

He began his journalism career with the BBC in London and continued as a cameraman with Visnews, where he won an award from the Royal Society of Television Cameraman of the Year. He has lived in Africa, Europe and the Middle East and worked in almost every country on the planet. Anderson Cooper called him for several decades “the gold standard of war correspondents.”

Light refreshments and coffee will be available. Cost is $10 members, $12 for guests until Oct. 8, $12 members, $14 guests after. To register, call 609-822-1167, ext. 0. For more information, contact Josh Cutler at jcutler@jccatlantic.org or 609-822-1167, ext. 138.

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