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00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1d30001HearSA is an online audio archive of public programming intended to foster discussion and enhance awareness of informative local presentations and events. The archive includes lectures, panel discussions, book readings, and more. HearSA is presented by Texas Public Radio in association with its local partners. It is important to recognize that the opinions presented in these programs are those of the author or presenter, not Texas Public Radio or any of its stations, and are not necessarily endorsed by TPR.If your organization hosts lectures, book readings, panel discussions, or presentations and is interested in participating, email HearSA curator, Nathan Cone at ncone [at] tpr dot org

Body Armor & MREs: A Reporter’s Journey To War With The U.S. Military

The World Affairs Council of San Antonio welcomed CBS News reporter and producer Mary Walsh to their distinguished lecture series on May 17, 2016. Click the audio link above to hear her speech.
 
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Mary Walsh is the national security producer for CBS News; her work includes producing stories for the CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes. She has been assigned to the Pentagon since 1993 and has covered the American military all over the United States and in many parts of the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Turkey, Somalia, Bosnia, Haiti, Germany, the Philippines and Korea.

 
Walsh began her career at CBS news in 1979. She was based in Atlanta in 1985-87 and New York in 1987-89. Highlights from those years include covering the explosion of space shuttle Challenger, the bombing of Pan Am 103 and too many hurricanes to count. From 1989 to 1993, as CBS News producer in Tokyo, she was responsible for news coverage in all parts of Asia – with focus on China, Korea, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Japan.

 
A longtime producer for CBS News correspondent David Martin, Walsh has won two Alfred I. DuPont awards from Columbia University, five Emmy awards (three with Martin), an Overseas Press Club Award, the Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for Excellence in Journalism, a Wilber Award from the Religious Communicators Council, the University of Texas School of Communication 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award and the 2013 Rosalie Wynn Hearst Distinguished Public Service Award.

 
A graduate of the University of Texas where she was editor of the Daily Texan, Walsh began her career as a journalist at the Rome Daily American in Italy in 1977. She has also contributed to two books: “The Human Journalist: Reporters, Perspectives, and Emotions,” and “Bioterrorism: Psychological and Public Health Interventions.”

The World Affairs Council of San Antonio is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, citizen’s educational forum that meets monthly to discuss important foreign policy issues. The mission of the World Affairs Council is to promote public understanding of world affairs and United States foreign policy and to enhance the ability of its citizens and future leaders to participate in a global community. We accomplish our mission by presenting a Distinguished Speaker lecture series, holding receptions, organizing discussion groups, sponsoring educational outreach programs to area high schools and universities, and hosting deliberative sessions for young professionals. Meet ambassadors, authors, government officials, scholars, and entrepreneurs from around the world, and mingle with other global citizens like you, who are part of San Antonio’s growing international community.