Richard Engel

Author and Television News Foreign Correspondent

I now think being dyslexic is a privilege. Because – who wants to think like everybody else?

As a school child:

My grades were poor and my behavior was erratic, mostly bad. I got into fights. I had little self-confidence.

Nothing worked…. I would answer test questions and then the answers on the paper wouldn’t make any sense…. I could add five plus five and get Nebraska.

Advice to Parents:

Allow them to get into environments where they are on their own. Don’t coddle your kids. Let them respect their own fear. Help them find something they are good at.


  • Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism
  • Edward R. Murrow Award (2006)