The Paris News’ Charles Richards covers CNN reporter Jim Bitterman’s speech to the Paris Texas Rotary Club…
Even after moving from NBC to CNN, which resulted in his being based in Paris, he still covered the pope, because CNN had no correspondent in Rome at the time.
He has covered a wide range of international events, including the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Gulf War and the Middle East peace process and U.S. deployment in Somalia. He received a national news Emmy Award for his coverage of the 1988 Sudan famine. He’s also covered royal weddings and coronations and Princess Diana’s fatal car crash in Paris.
“It has been an amazing career for me, and surprisingly, because it is not anything like I anticipated when I started out in the business,” he said, noting that his worst grades in college were in French.