She covered the bloody events of the January 13th, 1991, in Vilnius when the Soviet army tried to occupy the Lithuanian TV tower, killing 14 people.
She first came to Vilnius in 1987 during the very first anti-soviet rally in the union, taking place near the Adam Mickiewicz (Adomas Mickevičius) monument.
The foreign correspondent’s job in Moscow had its limits. “In the late 80s all foreigners had to live in a building which was reserved for foreigners. We assumed that our apartments were all bugged, that they were recording our conversations. There was definitely a surveillance,” says Ann Cooper.
With more than 25 years of experience reporting for radio and print, Cooper currently is a professor at Columbia Journalism School in New York, one of the best journalism schools in the world.
At the meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, podcast host Karolis Vyšniauskas interviewed Ann Cooper on her reporting from Lithuania and discussed the state of journalism today. “I see the rise of misinformation”, she says. “Some days I get depressed thinking about how are we gonna hang on to truth?”