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New York Times reporter to discuss covering Afghanistan

Published 3:35 pm, Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club will host a talk by Ray Rivera, a staff reporter for the New York Times, on reporting in Afghanistan at its breakfast meeting on Friday, March 15, at 7:30 a.m. at Bobby Q's restaurant, 42 Main St.,

Rivera, having covered various assignments for the paper's metro, national and foreign desks, spent 2011 based in Kabul covering the conflict in Afghanistan, according to a news release.

He is an investigative reporter on the metro desk, where he has been covering the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

His previous work also includes a nine-part investigative series on the government's failed investigation of Capt. James Yee, a West Point graduate and Muslim chaplain accused of leading a spy ring at Guantanamo Bay. He also covered the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Rivera, of Westport, has also worked for the Washington Post, the Seattle Times, the Salt Lake Tribune and the Santa Fe New Mexican.

He will answer questions on his experiences in Afghanistan and elsewhere, as well as the current state of the newspaper industry.

Guests are welcome. There is a $12 fee for the meeting, which includes a breakfast buffet.

For information, visit westportsunriserotary.com; contact Steve Cowherd, membership, at 203-209-3568 or by email at herd59@gmail.com; or attend any Friday meeting at Bobby Q's.