David Aikman has had a long and successful career as a journalist. Perhaps the most well-known aspect of that career was his 23-years at TIME Magazine, with reporting spanning the globe of nearly all the major historical events of the time.
Dr. Aikman began his reporting career with TIME Magazine in 1971. In the 23 years that followed, he reported from five continents and more than 55 countries, and wrote three consecutive Man of the Year cover stories. As a TIME Magazine Senior Correspondent and foreign correspondent, he interviewed numerous major world figures, from Mother Teresa to Manuel Noriega, from Alexander Solzhenitsyn to Pham Van Dong, from Boris Yeltsin to Billy Graham. Dr. Aikman was assigned to bureaus in Hong Kong, from where he covered the entire Asian region; in Beijing, China; in Berlin, Germany, where he covered all of Eastern Europe; and in Jerusalem, Israel, where he covered the entire Middle East. He was bureau chief in Berlin, Jerusalem and Beijing before returning to the United States to cover the State Department until his departure in 1994 to devote his time to writing books.
Dr. Aikman’s broadcast career includes a 1999 two-hour documentary on the Middle East peace process, “Vanishing Peace: The Aftermath of Oslo,” that aired worldwide on the BBC, and a six-part documentary based on his book Great Souls: Six Who Changed a Century, an examination of the lives of six morally exemplary figures of the 20th century: Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Billy Graham, Nelson Mandela, and Elie Wiesel.
In addition, Dr. Aikman has been a commentator on NBC, ABC, CNN, Fox News and the BBC and has also been a guest on shows on C-Span, CBN and local television and radio stations around the country. Dr. Aikman is on the editorial board of the Salem Communications, one of the nation’s largest radio networks, and his editorials air regularly on Christian radio stations around the United States. He has also appeared regularly since 1986 on the Voice of America weekly news show “Issues in the News”; and often is the host of the program.
Dr. Aikman has written extensively on religious persecution based on first-hand, news-breaking reporting in countries including Russia, China, Egypt, and Pakistan. His expertise in religious freedom in Asia and the Middle East goes back 25 years, with first-hand reports for Foreign Affairs, The American Spectator, The Weekly Standard, Citizen Magazine as well as several issues of TIME. His September 1997 cover story “The Laogai Archipelago” in The Weekly Standard was the most detailed journalistic account to date of China’s prison and labor camp system.
In April and August 1998 and in September 1999, Dr. Aikman visited Russia and China, respectively, to investigate the status of religious freedom in both those countries. He returned to China for three months in the summer of 2002 and traveled extensively throughout the country, interviewing Chinese Christians from all walks of life and backgrounds for Jesus In Beijing: How Christianity Is Transforming China And Changing The Global Balance Of Power, the most comprehensive and up-to-date book-length account of the situation of Christianity in China today and the historical influences on its development. Dr. Aikman is also a regular contributor to such publications as The American Spectator and The Weekly Standard.