Jay Bushinsky, 1968-71
Jay Bushinsky has served as a foreign correspondent based in Israel since 1966. He opened the Chicago Daily News' first continuous file in October of that year and in April, 1967, was engaged by Group-W, the Westinghouse Broadcasting Co., as its Tel Aviv bureau chief. In the ensuing years he covered the Six-Day War, War of Attrition, Yom Kippur War, Cyprus War, Iranian Revolution, Lebanon War and the Israeli aspect of the two Gulf Wars.
In 1968, he was elected chairman of the FPA and held that office for two additional years. Subsequently, he served as a member of successive FPA boards. When the Chicago Daily News ceased publication in February 1978, he was transferred immediately to the Chicago Sun-Times, its sister newspaper, and served as Middle East Bureau Chief and columnist until 1996. For 10 years, beginning in 1970, he served as a correspondent in Israel for the Christian Science Monitor and wrote for the Atlanta Constitution as well. In 1980, he founded CNN's Jerusalem bureau, filing the then-new network's first international report, immediately after it went on the air, June, 1980.
Jay is an alumnus of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and has taught journalism at several of Israel's universities. Currently, he is the Infinity Broadcasting Co.'s Israel bureau chief, filing for WINS, New York, KYW, Philadelphia and various other stations. He also writes for the Toronto Sun and The Washington Times.