Find the best quotes by Leslie Cockburn.
I started making little films with a 16 mm camera as an undergraduate at Yale. My first job out of college was ‘assistant editor’ on…
When you do a piece of journalism, you may have to cut away 95 percent of what you are experiencing.
After reading Graham Greene and Joseph Conrad when I was a student at Yale, I wanted to live in the world they captured in their…
When I was in London at NBC, I was the lowest man on the totem pole. I would go to diplomatic receptions to meet people.
It’s a very enclosed world on Wall Street.
When I was at graduate school in London, I began working at NBC News, which had a thriving documentary unit.
I think the greatest thing about making a documentary is your ability to just follow the story and the subject.
In documentary films, the most difficult thing to achieve is to make something complex appear simple.
I have a great spouse, Andrew Cockburn, who’s also a journalist.
Journalism, for me, has always been a calling. There are things that must be exposed to the light, truths that must be uncovered, stories worth…
When you have a situation that’s destructive, when there’s tremendous inhumanity everywhere, you see how humanity survives in all of its different permutations.
I covered the first Gulf War in Saudi Arabia and Israel for ABC News.
When you are on assignment, you stick to the facts, limit your vision, and often cut out the most revealing material. There is no texture,…
Explore More Topics →