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George Esper

George Esper

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Veteran foreign correspondent George Esper was born and raised in Uniontown, Pa. He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from WVU in 1953 and joined the Associated Press in 1958.

During his 44 years with the AP, Esper covered the Vietnam War for 10 years and the first Gulf War in 1991, as well as U.S. peace missions in Somalia and Bosnia. He is one of a handful of AP reporters to earn the title of AP Special Correspondent.

In addition to his war coverage, Esper reported on many major stories in the U.S., including Hurricane Andrew, the great Midwest floods and the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.

Esper returned to his alma mater to teach in the WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism in the spring semester of 2000 after retiring from the AP. He teaches writing and reporting, as well as journalism history.

Esper's honors include the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni and the Physical Education Hall of Fame. He received an honorary doctorate degree from WVU in 2000. His other honors include The President's Award from The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania “in recognition of outstanding career achievement and contributions to Western Pennsylvania journalism.”