Austin Founder Lions Club
Weekly Luncheon & Program
Rich Oppel has been a conflict correspondent for the NY Times since 2004, in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, with brief stints in Lebanon and Israel. He was part of a team of reporters that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting two years ago. In his early years, Rich grew up mainly in the South. He went to high school in Charlotte, NC, and to college at Duke University in Durham, where he majored in history. After internships on the east and west coasts he came to Texas in the early 1990's to work for the Ft. Worth Star Telegram, and he has never really left Texas! After the Star Telegram, he worked for the Dallas Morning News in Dallas and then in Austin, where he was a member of the newspaper's bureau covering state politics. He left in 1999 for the New York Times, but returned a year later to become the Times' Dallas correspondent, covering the nation's energy crisis. In 2002, he joined the Times' bureau in Washington, DC, and then began doing rotations in Iraq the following year.