Robert Korengold profile

Robert (Bud) Korengold describes himself as a "former just about anything." A native of Minnesota and a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, he came first to Europe as a hitch-hiker in 1955 after serving as a Navy officer in the Korean war. After landing his first European job as a dishwasher in Stockholm's Grand Hotel he quickly returned to journalism as a roving correspondent in France for the Army Times publishing company, a UPI correspondent in Paris and then UPI bureau chief in Moscow. After a one-year break on a Nieman journalistic fellowship at Harvard he returned to Moscow in 1963 as Newsweek's correspondent in what was then still the Soviet Union and moved on to head Newsweek's London bureau from 1968 to 1972. He joined the U.S. Information Agency in 1973 as the editor of two world-wide government magazines , Economic Impact and Horizons U.S.A., whose mission was to explain U.S society to decision-makers abroad, and then went on to head the Agency's overseas information and education operations , including management of Fulbright exchange programs, in, successively, Belgium, ex-Yugoslavia, The United Kingdom and France. In 1985 he worked three-months on special assignment in the White House preparing the public information campaigns for President Ronald Reagan's trips to Germany, Spain, Portugal and the European Parliament in Strasbourg. He then returned the same year to the White House as Coordinator of Public Diplomacy for President Reagan's first meeting, in Geneva, with then Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. In 1988 he received a Presidential Award for Sustained Superior Accomplishment in the conduct of foreign policy, and he has been honored as well by the Belgian government for his work in educational exchange and by New York University's Center for French Civilization and Culture which, in 1994, awarded him its annual medal for an individual contributing significantly to Franco-American understanding. After retiring from the U.S. government's diplomatic service in 1994, he ran the Musée d'Art Américain in Giverny, France, before retiring for good in 1998. In France he has been named a Chevalier in the order of Tastevin in Burgundy, in the order of Palmes Academiques by the Ministry of Education and in the order of Arts et Lettres by the Ministry of Culture. He now lives in Normandy doing a bit of gardening and a bit of writing and a lot of amused reflection about life in France and with the French. Bud is accredited by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a member of the foreign press corps. His French wife, Christine, thinks it should be a bit less writing and a bit more gardening. But that's what French wives are for.


10 Saint Valentine’s Hideaways out Normandy Way (Tour France)
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Adventures of a Food Critic (Recipes + Culinary Classes)
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A Frenchman's View of the White House (Recipes + Culinary Classes)
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Americans in Wartime Paris (Books)
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A New Face, a New Life: A Medical First for France (Lifestyle)
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Antiamericanism and Francophobia (History)
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An Unforgettable Site (Tour France)
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Arles Photography Exhibit: Robert Capa's Recovered War Photographs (Museums, Monuments + Culture)
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Buckle Up, European Union - Here Comes President Sarkozy (Lifestyle)
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Bye Bye French Franc Coins (History)
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Calamity Jane & the Wild West at the Musee de la Poste (ends 3/2011) (Museums, Monuments + Culture)
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Cezanne Anniversary in Provence (Museums, Monuments + Culture)
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Chirac Says Goodbye (History)
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Come Back Dior (Lifestyle)
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Commemorating France's Unknown Soldier (History)
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Dangerous Dining in France (Recipes + Culinary Classes)
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D-Day 65 Years---and One Day---Later (History)
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D-Day Countdown: 60 years later (History)
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D-Day countdown—only weeks to go (History)
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Down to the Wire and the Winners are (History)
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Elliott Erwitt Exposition in Paris (Events)
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Faites Vos Jeux - French Casinos (Lifestyle)
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Financial Crisis? The View From France (Lifestyle)
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Forget Politics Think Cannes Film Festival (Lifestyle)
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France has a new President But it is not Over yet (History)
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France Never Content (Lifestyle)
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France's Annual Celtic Rendez-Vous (Tour France)
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France Says Goodbye to the License Plate Game (Lifestyle)
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France's Father of the Modern Day Olympics (Lifestyle)
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France's symbolic Marianne gets a new look (History)
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Franco-American Thanksgiving (Lifestyle)
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French and American Elections (Lifestyle)
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French Democracy Doorstopped (News in France)
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French Presidential Election (History)
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Giverny Impressionism Museum: Clark Exposition Until October 2011 (Museums, Monuments + Culture)
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Half a Century Later (History)
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Halloween in Paris (Events)
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Handsome Basketball Star Meets Beautiful Actress (Lifestyle)
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Hillary is In if you are watching French television (History)
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How Franco-American can you get? (Lifestyle)
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Lafayette We Are Here (History)
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L’Appel du 18 Juin (History)
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Les Andelys (Tour France)
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Let's Hear it for Bureaucrazy (Lifestyle)
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Life in a Palace in France (Tour France)
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Look Out for French Drivers (Lifestyle)
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Marriage or PACS? In France Things Are Changing (Lifestyle)
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Maybe it is the Food (Lifestyle)
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Napoleon Mania is Back! (History)
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No Escape in France (Tour France)
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No Smoking (Lifestyle)
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Obama And Sarkozy Report Cards (Lifestyle)
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Oswald Revisited (Lifestyle)
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Parisians, an Adventure History of Paris (Books)
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Passing on the Heritage (Lifestyle)
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Petanque Here Petanque There Petanque Everywhere (Tour France)
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Pierre Salinger, France's American (Lifestyle)
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Remembering Verdun (History)
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Rush to Judgment (History)
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Santons Par Ci, Santons Par La (Shopping, Spa + Services )
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Sarkozy Wins Again (Lifestyle)
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Season’s Greetings From President Jacques Chirac (Lifestyle)
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Sorry, no one home. Come back in June. (Lifestyle)
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Stand Out of the Way! Serious News: It’s Time for the Cannes Film Festival (Lifestyle)
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Statues You’ve Seen—But Not Like This (Tour France)
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The Foreign Legion - a French Legend (History)
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The Great Museum Debate (Museums, Monuments + Culture)
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The Real French National Motto: Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité—and Contestation (Lifestyle)
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The Ronald Reagan I knew (Lifestyle)
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The Song that Went to War Lives On (Lifestyle)
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The Super Bowl Strikes France (Lifestyle)
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Those French—Yes or no?? (Books)
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Time to hit the beaches - again (History)
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Toro Time in the Camargue (Tour France)
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U.S. Elections Fascinate the French (Lifestyle)
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U.S. & French Prexys to Meet (Lifestyle)
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Vauban The Man Who Fortified France (History)
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Victor (Lifestyle)
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Waiting for Obama (Lifestyle)
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What about Those French (History)
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What You Wanted to Know About the French (Lifestyle)
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Where Do Sarkozy and Obama Go From Here? (Lifestyle)
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WWII D-Day Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer (with video) (Tour France)
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You Can Make History in France. But You Should Hurry. (History)
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