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Personal pitfalls of foreign reporting

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Foreign correspondents typically don't get much sleep. They often drink too much. And marriages can fall apart when family life takes a back seat to the foreign correspondent's intense, sometimes thrilling work world. "Do you think there's a delay in growing up for the foreign correspondent?" asks Vicki Gabereau in this 1984 clip. Knowlton Nash considers the question, and answers yes. "That's a very good way of putting it," he admits. 

Medium: Radio
Program: Variety Tonight
Broadcast Date: Nov. 12, 1984
Guest(s): Knowlton Nash
Host: Vicki Gabereau
Duration: 4:45

Did You know?

• In this clip, Nash was being interviewed on Variety Tonight about the book he released that year, History on the Run: The Trenchcoat Memoirs of a Foreign Correspondent.
• After his years as a foreign correspondent, Nash became part of CBC management in the late 1960s as head of news and information programming. In 1978 he became the anchor for The National, a role he held until 1988.

• Although he doesn't divulge any personal details in this interview, Knowlton Nash speaks from experience when he describes marriages suffering. He has been married four times. Nash has admitted that it wasn't until he settled down with his fourth wife, Lorraine Thomson, in 1982 that he learned to make his personal life a priority.


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