Trailblazing journalist Georgie Anne Geyer dies at age 84

Kansas City, MO (May 17, 2019) — Andrews McMeel Syndication (AMS) announces with great sorrow the passing of columnist Georgie Anne Geyer on Wednesday.

A true pioneer among women journalists covering foreign affairs, Geyer brought insight, compassion and a broad knowledge of history to her writing and reporting, beginning in 1959 as a correspondent specializing in Latin America for her hometown Chicago Daily News. In 1973, she was the first Western journalist to interview Saddam Hussein, and during her career narrowly escaped a bombing in Nicaragua and death threats in Guatemala, and was jailed in Angola. 

Her syndicated columns appeared in more than 500 newspapers and digital outlets around the world, and she was a sought-after speaker, lecturing at the Naval War College, Defense Intelligence Agency and Smithsonian Institution, among others. She was also a regular commentator on public television's "Washington Week in Review."

A graduate of Northwestern University, Geyer studied at the University of Vienna on a Fulbright Scholarship, spoke five languages and was the author of 11 books on Latin America, Russia and the Middle East, including "Guerrilla Prince," a biography of Fidel Castro, as well as her own autobiography, "Buying the Night Flight." Based in Washington, D.C., she was a member of the exclusive Gridiron Club and the first woman member of the Cosmos Club.

Her professionalism and friendship will be greatly missed by her colleagues, as will her unique voice and perspective on global politics.

About Andrews McMeel Syndication 

Andrews McMeel Syndication (AMS) is the largest independent newspaper feature syndicate in the U.S. AMS is a division of Andrews McMeel Universal, a creative media company based in Kansas City, Missouri, and home of iconic comics such as Calvin and Hobbes, Doonesbury, Peanuts, The Far Side, Garfield, and contemporary favorites Sarah’s ScribblesBreaking Cat News, and Phoebe and Her Unicorn. Other divisions include a global publishing house, Andrews McMeel Publishing, and Andrews McMeel Entertainment, the film and television division. No matter the medium, our aim is to bring joy and inspiration to people’s lives through the work of our talented creators.

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