Stanley Meisler - Biography

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Stanley Meisler is the author of Shocking Paris: Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparnasse, Kofi Annan: A Man of Peace in a World of War, United Nations : A History and When The World Calls: The Inside Story Of The Peace Corps And Its First Fifty Years. Meisler served as a Los Angeles Times foreign and diplomatic correspondent for thirty years, assigned to Nairobi, Mexico City, Madrid, Toronto, Paris, Barcelona, the United Nations and Washington. He contributed articles to the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Sunday Opinion and Art sections and wrote a Commentary for his website,

For many years, Meisler contributed articles to leading American magazines including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, The Nation, the Reader’s Digest, the Quarterly Journal of Military History, and the Columbia Journalism Review. While most of these articles focus on foreign affairs and political issues, he also contributed more than thirty articles on artists and art history to the Smithsonian Magazine.

From time to time, he contributed chapters to various anthologies and textbooks such as “The Massacre in El Mozote” in Thinking Clearly: Cases in Journalistic Decision-Making (Columbia University Press, 2003), edited by Tom Rosenstiel and Amy S. Mitchell.

Meisler twice won the Korn-Ferry Award for Excellence in United Nations Reporting and was a recipient of the Ford Foundation Area Training Fellowship in African Studies. He conducted classes in international reporting at the Columbia University School of Journalism in 2003 and 2004.

Meisler was born in the Bronx, New York City in 1931. He began his journalism career in 1953 as a reporter for The Middletown Ohio Journal and went on to work as a reporter with the Associated Press from 1954 to 1964. He was deputy director of the Office of Evaluation and Research of the U.S. Peace Corps in Washington before joining the Los Angeles Times in 1967.

Meisler received a B.A. in English Literature from the City College of New York in 1952 and undertook graduate studies in both English Literature and African Studies at the University of California in Berkeley.

Stanley passed away in 2016. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Fox, his children and grandchildren.

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