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Los Angeles, CA ??" Tuesday, May 27, 2008 ??" Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News, will converse with NPR???s Mike Shuster on his new book ???War Journal: My Five Years in Iraq on Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at Temple Emanuel as a part of TOWN HALL???S ongoing Writers Bloc series.


Engel???s latest work is a collection of observations from before, during, and after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and offers revealing and emotional accounts of his experiences. Engel, fluent in Arabic, served as a Middle East correspondent for ???The World before working as a freelance journalist for ABC News. He became NBC News lead Iraq correspondent in 2003, and was appointed Beirut Bureau Chief in 2006.


Engel has lived in the Middle East for 10 years. In 2006, he received the Edward R. Murrow award for ???Feature ??" Hard News for his story on a Baghdad ER. His ???War Zone Diary, a one-hour documentary piece with excerpts from his personal video diary of his time in Iraq, won Engel the 2007 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism.


Shuster is the diplomatic correspondent and roving foreign correspondent for NPR News. He covers issues of nuclear non-proliferation and weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and the Pacific Rim.


Throughout its 70 year history, TOWN HALL has hosted discussions with notable authors and journalists such as Tom Brokaw, Lynn Sherr and John Pomfret. This month, TOWN HALL???S Writers Bloc welcomed Barbara Walters.


TOWN HALL Los Angeles is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization comprised of leaders and engaged citizens dedicated to open public discussion on the issues facing our society. Being a civic organization in the ???Creative Capitol of the World, TOWN HALL members crave outlets for their interests. TOWN HALL???s Writers Bloc series brings compelling speakers and topics to the Los Angeles community. To question prominent authors on their latest works, join TOWN HALL.


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