Story posted September 25, 2009
Two Bowdoin alumni — Thomas Pickering '53, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and Russia, and television journalist Priya Sridhar '07 — were at the table discussing the goings-on at the U.N. on RT, previously known at Russia Today, a globally broadcast English-language television network from Russia.
Thomas Pickering has had a distinguished career as a statesman and diplomat.
He holds the personal rank of career ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service.
In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he has served as U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
He served as U.S. ambassador and representative to the United Nations in New York from 1989 to 1992, a period that saw an international coalition move effectively against Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.
Another diplomat, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill '74 (left), was a guest on the Sept. 1, 2009, On Point program, an NPR show produced by John Wihbey ’98 (right), who also blogged about the segment for the show’s Web site.
On Point originates at Boston NPR affiliate WBUR and airs throughout the day on more than 150 NPR stations across the country.
He also served as U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs from 1997 to 2001.
Pickering twice won the Distinguished Presidential Award and also received the Department of State's highest award, the Distinguished Service Award.
He is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations.
He served as executive secretary of the Department of State and special assistant to secretaries William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger from 1973 to 1974.
Pickering is currently vice chairman at Hills and Company, having served as senior vice president, international relations, of The Boeing Company from 2001 to 2006.
In 2005, he was awarded the Bowdoin Prize, the highest honor that the College bestows upon one of its members.
Double majoring in government and legal studies and history, Priya Sridhar produced and anchored weekly newscasts on BCN and wrote for the Bowdoin Orient.
After Bowdoin, she pursued a graduate degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Prior to joining RT, Sridhar worked as a reporter for WLBZ, the NBC affiliate in Bangor, Maine. Her reports regularly aired on WLBZ's sister station WCSH in Portland.