29 May, 2009
On May 28, a distinguished member and veteran of the press corps family in the United States, Lambros Papantoniou, passed away in Washington, DC at age 63.
During his 34-year career, Papantoniou was proud to say that he had been around for quite some time… "Every day for 38 years! From Nixon to Barack Obama!" he said in introducing himself at one State Department event.
Papantoniou, known for decades as "Mr. Lambros," was the Washington diplomatic correspondent for the Greek daily newspaper Eleftheros Typos, Radio Thessaloniki, and the U.S.
He arrived in the United States in 1973 and earned advanced degrees in international law and political science from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1975, he became active in journalism and ultimately he specialised in U.S. foreign policy relating to Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and the Balkans. Over the years, he wrote thousands of articles and became a leading voice on issues related to Southeast Europe.