Rome-based writer and lecturer, Judith Harris was born in Bay
Village, Ohio, and attended Northwestern University, from which
she was graduated with honors in English in 1961. Further studies
were of fine arts at the Cleveland Art Institute in Cleveland,
Ohio, and of French literature at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
After working three years as a reporter for the Cleveland Press,
she entered the U.S. Information Agency under the legendary Edward
R. Murrow and, following six months in Washington, D.C., was sent
to Rome, Italy, where she attained the rank of Attaché of
Embassy in the cultural division. At the time women officers in
the U.S. diplomatic service could not be married, by law, and so
after five years she resigned to marry and raise two children.
She also returned to journalism, working primarily as a freelance
journalist and regular contributor to, among others, the London
Evening News, Reuters news agency, Time magazine,
and the Wall
Street Journal. She has worked on special assignments for
Observer, the New York Times, NBC TV and BBC
TV, and for RAI radio she conducted a regular program on Italian
culture for twenty-five years.
Her articles on archaeology have
appeared in Archaeology
magazine, Archaeology Odyssey, and Biblical
Archaeology and, on
cultural and other topics, in Newsday, The
New Republic, and, most
recently, Italy italy, Internazionale and ARTnews.
She speaks French and Italian.
Among the memorable personalities
she has interviewed are novelists Gore Vidal, William Styron, Alberto
Moravia, Leonardo Sciascia and Georges Simenon; actors Isabella
Rossellini and Peter Ustinov; composer Giancarlo Menotti; the ballerina
Carla Fracci; a Red Brigades gun runner, an extremely sinister
Mafia boss, Italian President Sandro Pertini, a Taliban guerrilla
leader, an Iranian Minister of Health, a Turkish arms dealer, and
actress and ambassador Shirley Temple.
Her most interesting jobs
otherwise were tracking opium traders in Pakistan, working for
a caterer in Cleveland while in high school and serving as an editorial
assistant to an historian of 19th century French economics, Prof.
William Jaffe. For her research into terrorism she was included
in the George Foster Peabody Award for Broadcast Journalism. Judith Harris writes a regular blog for www.i-italy.org.
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