bloomOn Friday, May 17th the Child Mind Institute hosted a conversation with NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel about his experiences living with dyslexia. A recipient of the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism, Engel has been on hand for many of the big moments in recent history. Known for his award-winning journalism, Engel shared with us his inspiring story of tenacity and resilience.

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Richard Engel is widely regarded as one of America’s leading foreign correspondents for his coverage of wars, revolutions and political transitions around the world over the last 15 years. He is recognized for his outstanding reporting on the 2011 revolution in Egypt, the conflict in Libya, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and overall unrest throughout the Arab world. Engel was named Chief Foreign Correspondent of NBC News in April 2008. His reports appear on all platforms of NBC News, including “NBC Nightly News,” “Today,” “Meet the Press,” “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” “Dateline,” MSNBC, and

Engel’s work has received numerous awards, including seven News & Documentary Emmy Awards. This year he was honored with the “Tex” McCrary Award for Journalism Excellence from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. He also received the 2008 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism, the first ever given to a broadcast journalist, for his report "War Zone Diary." The one-hour documentary, compiled from his personal video journal, gave a rare and intimate account of the everyday realties of covering the war in Iraq.

Engel is the author of two books, “A Fist in the Hornet’s Nest” and “War Journal: My Five Years in Iraq,” which chronicle his experiences covering the Iraq war. Engel has lived in the Middle East since graduating from Stanford University in 1996 with a B.A. in international relations. He speaks and reads fluent Arabic, which he learned while living in Cairo. He has also traveled extensively in the Middle East and can comfortably transition between several Arabic dialects spoken across the Arab world. He is also fluent in Italian and Spanish.

Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, is one of the nation’s leading child and adolescent psychiatrists and president of the Child Mind Institute, an organization dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere. Dr. Koplewicz founded the NYU Child Study Center in 1997, and was director of the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research from 2006-2011. Dr. Koplewicz has been honored by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and has been repeatedly recognized in America’s Top Doctors, Best Doctors in America, and New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York.”

A master clinician and advocate for children and teens with psychiatric disorders, Dr. Koplewicz is regularly featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Good Day NY, ABC’s NIGHTLINE, Anderson Cooper: 360, PBS: Frontline and MetroFocus, and Huffpost LIVE. He has been a guest on The Oprah Show, NPR, and has contributed writing and opinion to the New York Times, USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, Parents Magazine, Scholastic,, Huffington Post, and other national publications, blogs, and websites. Since 1997 he has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. Dr. Koplewicz is the author of several acclaimed books, including It's Nobody's Fault: New Hope and Help for Difficult Children and Their Parents and More Than Moody: Recognizing and Treating Adolescent Depression.

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