In the same way that Walter Cronkite was "the most trusted man in America," Martin Bell represents journalistic integrity to several generations of Britons.
Beyond his career as a reporter, Bell has been elected to Parliament, is an ambassador for UNICEF and is a tireless critic of the state of journalism.
Bell discusses his life, war experiences, brief political career, and recent incarnation as a poet in Conflicts, Politics, and Poetry on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
In 1962, at age 24, Bell joined the BBC as a reporter. Over the next 30 years, he covered 11 wars and reported from 80 countries.
In 1997, Bell announced that he was leaving the BBC to stand as an independent candidate for Parliament from one of the most secure Conservative seats in the country. He was elected, becoming the first successful independent parliamentary candidate in nearly 50 years. During his four years in office, he sided at different times with both the Conservatives and the Labour government of Tony Blair.
A member of the Order of the British Empire, Bell has written a number of books including An Accidental MP, Through the Gates of Fire: a Journey into World Disorder; The Truth That Sticks: New Labour's Breach of Trust, and, most recently, a book of poetry, For Whom the Bell Tolls.
This event is co-sponsored by the English Speaking Union.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407.