John Hlavacek

Biography

John and Pegge spent their lives traveling the world reporting as foreign press correspondents. John first taught English in China during the 1930s, after graduating from Carleton College. He then joined the United Press in 1944 as a war correspondent. He met Pegge Parker, a beautiful widowed journalist with an eye toward writing her way around the world. They married, living and working in India during the first years of their marriage.

The Hlavaceks were then off to New York and next Jamaica, where John and Pegge supported the family by covering news events across the globe. In 1961, the family moved to Florida when John began work as staff correspondent for NBC in Havana. John and Pegge meticulously chronicled their lives before and after they met—and the stories they brought to us from afar. Today, John resides in Omaha, Nebraska. Pegge passed away in November 2008.

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Books

United Press Invades India: Memoirs of a Foreign Correspondent, 1944-1952
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Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 127,900. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2011 and represented by Concierge Publishing Services. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
How does a Midwestern boy end up reporting world events from India for United Press? He comes by way of boat, after reporting from China during the Communist takeover. Such is the life story of John Hlavacek, correspondent for NBC and Time-Life. John left his career reporting from China to join United Press as a war correspondent. He reported world events from India from 1944-1952.
Letters Home: An American in China: 1939-1944
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Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 101,380. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2011 and represented by Concierge Publishing Services. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
After graduating from Carleton College in Northfield, MN in 1939, John Hlavacek sailed to China to the Carleton-in-China Middle School in Fenchow, Shansi Province. As John describes it, many Midwesterners had little knowledge of China, other than famine, disease, and war. After weeks of training in Chinese in Peking, John traveled to the compound in what was then Japanese-occupied China.
Freelancing in Paradise:The Story of Two American Reporters Who Supported Their Family by Covering Turbulent Times in the Caribbean, 1958-1963
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Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 129,890. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2011 and represented by Concierge Publishing Services. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
After living and working in India during the first years of their marriage, John and Pegge Hlavacek moved their children and Indian nanny to New York when John accepted a fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations. When the fellowship ended, the Hlavaceks moved to Jamaica and supported the family by providing news and photography services to print, radio, and TV.

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