David Newsom was born January 6, 1918 in Richmond, California. He attended Berkeley, graduating in 1938 with a B.A. in English, then on to Columbia for a graduate degree in journalism. He returned to San Francisco to work at the San Francisco Chronicle. He received Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship from Columbia (July 1940-May 1941) and traveled extensively in Japan, Indonesia, India, Africa and S. America, and met Gandhi while in India. Returning home in 1941 and entering the Navy, he became a Naval Intelligence Officer and spent time at Pearl Harbor. After the war, he returned home and ran small local newspaper in California. In 1947, he entered the Foreign Service, working in Pakistan, Norway, Iraq, England, Libya, Indonesia and the Philippines. David held various posts in Washington, D.C., including his last post as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, which is where he worked with Muskie, who was Secretary of State at that time. He was U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Indonesia and the Philippines. He left the State Department in 1981 and became Director of the Institute for Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. He is also the author of several books and a 2002 participant in an oral history project at the University of California, Berkely .
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