Journalist discusses Syrian uprising at Dominican

Journalist Reese Erlich, who recently traveled to Syria for the Christian Science Monitor and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, presented “Dateline Damascus: An Eyewitness Report On The Syrian Uprising” at Dominican University of California on January 26.

The program, sponsored by Dominican, the World Affairs Council of Northern California and the Marin chapter of the United Nations Association, was held in the Creekside Room, beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Erlich, a freelance foreign correspondent with 43 years of journalism experience, managed to travel to Syria last year despite the regime of President Bashar al-Assad having banned almost all foreign journalists from entering the country. Erlich met underground activists in Damascus and spoke with government supporters in Dara, which was the cradle of the uprising. He gained rare insight into the intentions of opposition leaders, the government they wanted to create and their attitudes toward Israel and the United States. He found leaders of Syria’s Kurdish community hostile toward the regime, but fearful of what might replace it.

Beginning as a staff writer with Ramparts Magazine in 1963, Erlich’s journalism career has featured reporting stints with National Public Radio, the Canadian and Australian broadcasting companies and Radio Deutsche Welle in Germany.