He was His wife, Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave, said the cause was bladder cancer. Twice a best-selling novelist, Mr. A teenager when he enlisted in the British Navy, he was shot on D-Day. He was wounded again, as a Newsweek reporter, in Vietnam where he lobbed a grenade at North Vietnamese soldiers. He covered, by his estimate, at least 18 wars. At 58, he was named editor in chief of a daily newspaper, though he had never worked for one before. A correspondent and editor at Newsweek for decades, Mr.
Arnaud de Borchgrave, a globe-trotting foreign correspondent and news executive who covered 17 wars by his count and cultivated connections with world leaders to score exclusive interviews, was a throwback to a more romantic era of journalism. After fleeing Belgium and enlisting as a teenager in England to fight in World War II, he was a wire service reporter for United Press who became a prolific Newsweek foreign correspondent, the editor of the Washington Times in its earliest days, and then went back to head United Press International as journalism headed into much rockier times. De Borchgrave, 88, died Sunday at a Washington, D. He had cancer, said his wife, Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave. His efforts in cultivating leaders paid off with many exclusives, including back-to-back interviews of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Although his exploits in the field were legendary, so were his extravagances. His list of sources was the envy of his colleagues, as was his seemingly limitless expense account from Newsweek. De Borchgrave left Newsweek in over a disagreement over his coverage of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
Not least of the questions about Arnaud de Borchgrave was what was more remarkable: the stories he reported — or the life of the man himself, a Belgian aristocrat by birth who became one of the most brilliant and surely the most exotic US foreign reporters of his era, and later the editor of a brand new national newspaper? At the time, by one reckoning, he was 13th in line for the Belgian throne. Such considerations became irrelevant when Hitler invaded the Low Countries in Helped by the Royal Navy, the young Arnaud fled with his mother and sister to Britain.
Legendary Washington newsman Arnaud de Borchgrave, former editor-in-chief of the Washington Times and top foreign correspondent for Newsweek for 30 years, died Feb. Known around town and the world for his access to international leaders as well as for a stylish, high-profile manner, de Borchgrave was one of the last of the great, on-the-scene, hands-on journalists who were actually where he said he was. He personified and lived the life of the foreign correspondent at Newsweek magazine and later put his charismatic and journalistic stamp on a young Washington Times. He was born in Belgium on Oct. His mother, Audrey Townshend, was the daughter of a British general. By , de Borchgrave was head of the Paris bureau for Newsweek in Paris and later hired his successor, Ben Bradlee, who would go to become executive editor of the Washington Post. Known for his foreign reporting, de Borchgrave was also known for the advantage of his sartorial style, his expense accounts and his seemingly perpetual tan. I had a Chesterfield coat with a black velvet collar. Looked like a diplomat. Nasser was coming in his yacht to Casablanca and getting together with all these Arab heads of state, and the media was dressed, as you know, how the media dresses.