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Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. David Brandenberger

Second Advisor

Dr. Nicole Sackley


On August 30, 1986 U.S. News and World Report journalist Nicholas Daniloff was arrested in Moscow on charges of espionage. The Daniloff affair occurred at a key juncture in both Soviet history and Soviet-American relations during the Cold War and serves as a suitable entry point into the broader exploration of American journalists working in the Soviet Union throughout the 1980s. This project revolves around four American journalists stationed in Moscow at various points throughout the decade: Andrew Nagorski of Newsweek, Serge Schmemann of The New York Times, Carol Williams of the Associated Press, and Jeffrey Trimble of U.S. News & World Report. Central to the methodology of this project is the use of oral history interviews to capture personal reflections that are not apparent in the journalists' published work. Through an analysis of these journalists' daily lives and reportage, this project reveals the enduring legacy of authoritarianism for foreign correspondents working in the Soviet Union throughout the 1980s.