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Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006
Alan Freeman

Alan Freeman has reported for The Globe and Mail from Europe since 1996, after serving a seven-year stint in Ottawa as economic correspondent.

He opened The Globe's Berlin bureau and later transferred to London, covering a wide range of news stories including the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Paris crash of the Concorde and France's recent presidential elections.

A native of Montreal, Alan is a graduate of McGill University and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in New York. A journalist with more than 25 years' experience, he worked for The Canadian Press and The Wall Street Journal before joining The Globe in 1989.

As The Globe's European correspondent, Alan has reported from no fewer than 15 countries over the past year, including India, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. As for hobbies, Alan likes, not surprisingly, traveling and reading, more often than not newspapers.

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