Donald "Don" Oberdorfer Jr. (May 28, 1931 – July 23, 2015) was an American professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University with a specialty in Korea, and was a journalist for 38 years, 25 of them with The Washington Post. He is the author of five books and several academic papers. His book, Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great American Statesman and Diplomat, won the D.B. Hardeman Prize in 2003.
Donald Oberdorfer Jr.
May 28, 1931
|Died|| July 23, 2015 (aged 84) |
|Alma mater||Princeton University|
|Occupation||Journalist, author, professor|
Oberdorfer graduated from Princeton University and went to South Korea as a U.S. Army lieutenant after the signing of the armistice that ended the Korean War. In 1955 he joined The Charlotte Observer, and eventually found a job with The Washington Post. During the next 25 years, he worked for The Post, serving as White House correspondent, Northeast Asia correspondent, and diplomatic correspondent. He retired from the paper in 1993.
Oberdorfer was married to the former Laura Klein. He had two children, Daniel and Karen Oberdorfer, and a brother, Eugene.
- Tet!, (Doubleday, 1971) ISBN 0-385-08571-0. Finalist for the National Book Award.)
- The Turn: From the Cold War to the New Era, Poseidon Press, October 1, 1991, ISBN 0-671-70783-3.
- Published in an updated edition as From the Cold War to the New Era: The United States and the Soviet Union, 1983-1991, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998, ISBN 0-8018-5922-0.
- Princeton University: The First 250 Years, Princeton University Press, October 30, 1995, ISBN 0-691-01122-2.
- The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History, Perseus Books, October 1, 1997, ISBN 0-201-40927-5.
- Published in a revised and updated edition, Basic Books, February 5, 2002, ISBN 0-465-05162-6.
- Published in a revised and updated third edition, Basic Books, December 10, 2013, ISBN 978-0-465-03123-8. Co-authored with Robert Carlin.
Selected articles and papersEdit
- Don Oberderfer and Donald Gregg, "A Moment to Seize With North Korea", Washington Post, June 22, 2005
- Don Oberdorfer, "The United States and South Korea: Can This Alliance Last?", Policy Forum Online, November 17, 2005.
- Don Oberdorfer and Hajime Izumi, "The United States, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula: Coordinating Policies and Objectives".
- Don Oberdorfer, "Hue Red Report Found", Milwaukee Sentinel, December 6, 1969. Sentinel
- Roberts, Sam (July 28, 2015). "Don Oberdorfer, 84, Top Diplomatic Reporter for Washington Post, Dies". The New York Times.
- Remarks by US Ambassador to South Korea James T. Laney at SAIS institute inauguration, uskoreainstitute.org pdf, October 4, 2006. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
- Tet!, Amazon.com. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
- Langer, Emily,"Don Oberdorfer, longtime diplomatic correspondent for The Post, dies at 84", Washington Post, July 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
- The Two Koreas, Amazon.com, Retrieved 2015-07-28.
- The Don Oberdorfer Papers: 1983-1990
- "ROK-US Alliance Is In Trouble: Scholar" The Korea Times, November 3, 2005.
- Multimedia: Keynote Address for the Foreign Policy Research Institute.
- Don Oberdorfer Papers at Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Muskie Oral Histories Interview of Don Oberdorfer by Don Nicoll, audio and text, June 19, 2001.