16 January, 2021

Fareed Zakaria

The Smart Journalist - 49 years | New York

Fareed Zakaria

The Padma Bhushan awardee hit the nadir of his career last August, when he was accused of plagiarising from a New Yorker article for his Time magazine column on gun control. His employers dismissed it as a “journalistic lapse”. Even in the midst of the plagiarism episode, there was support: New York Times quoted one of his book researchers as saying he found Zakaria to be a “phenomenally fast, lucid writer who is never known to have had a ghost writer”. Is Zakaria too smart to let an unfortunate episode run him down?

It would seem so. This month, he celebrates five years of his CNN foreign affairs show Fareed Zakaria GPS. The New York-based journalist has written for Time, Washington Post, The New York Times, News­week, Foreign Affairs. On his CNN show, he has interviewed Wen Jiabao, Barack Obama, David Cameron, etc. But the India-born, Yale- and Harvard-educated Zakaria had made his mark as the youngest managing editor of Foreign Affairs at 28. Later, he helmed...



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