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journalist , emeritus university educator

Ben Haig Bagdikian, Turkish, American journalist, educator. Fellowship named after him.


Bagdikian, Ben Haig was born on January 30, 1920 in Marash, Turkey. Son of Aram Theodore and Daisy (Uvezian) Bagdikian. came to the United States, 1920, naturalized, 1926.


AB, Clark University, 1941. Doctor of Letters, Clark University, 1963. Doctor of Humane Letters, Brown University, 1961.

Doctor of Humane Letters, University Rhode Island, 1992.


Reporter Springfield (Massachusetts) Morning Union, 1941-1942. Associate editor Periodical House, Incorporated, New York York City, 1946. Successively reporter, foreign correspondent, chief Washington correspondent Providence Journal, 1947-1962.

Contributing editor Saturday Evening Post, 1963-1967. Project director study of future United States news media Rand Corporation, 1967-1969. Assistant managing editor for national news Washington Post, 1970-1971, assistant managing editor, ombudsman, 1971-1972.

National correspondent Columbia Journalism Review, 1972-1974. Professor Graduate School Journalism University California, Berkeley, 1976-1990, dean, Graduate School Journalism, 1985-1988, professor emeritus, Graduate School Journalism, since 1990. Keynote speaker Council Europe Ministerial Conference on Mass Media Policy, Kiev, Ukraine, 2005.


  • Fellowship named after him.



Member steering committee National Prison Project, 1974-1982. Trustee Clark University, 1964-1976. Board directors National Capital Area Civil Liberties Union, 1964-1966, Committee to Protect Journalists, 1981-1988, Data Center, Oakland, California, 1990-1997.

President Lowell Mellett Fund for Free an Responsible Press, 1965-1976. Academy advisory board National Citizens Committee for Broadcasting, since 1978. Judge Ten Most Censored Stories, 1976-1998.

Member American Civil Liberties Union, Bancroft Library. University Calif at Berkley.


Married Elizabeth Ogasapian, October 2, 1942 (divorced 1972). Children: Christopher Ben, Frederick Haig. Married Betty L. Medsger, 1973 (divorced).

Married Marlene Griffith, 1983.

Aram Theodore Bagdikian

Daisy (Uvezian) Bagdikian

Elizabeth Ogasapian

Betty L. Medsger

Marlene Griffith

Christopher Ben Bagdikian

Frederick Haig Bagdikian