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Barry Petersen

Barry Petersen has been called one of the most experienced correspondents reporting for CBS News, where his official biography says he has: "...reported on everything from wars and natural disasters to Paris fashions, Welsh choirs and the return of American Jazz to Shanghai, China. His stories have been datelined from virtually every continent in a career that spans more than three decades. "He has interviewed the famous and the infamous, including Hollywood stars Jimmy Stewart, Bill Cosby, Pierce Brosnan and Sir Anthony Hopkins, leaders of the Bosnian war who were later tried as war criminals, and the President of the South Seas nation of Kiribati, who showed up for the interview barefooted." But an award-winning career of covering wars and natural disasters from Asia to Africa to the Middle East, as well as living overseas in Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow and London, could not ease the personal tragedy of watching his wife, Jan, begin fading away because of Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease. She was diagnosed in 2005 at age 55. "Jan's Story" tells how Barry was forced into changes he never imagined. His life soon came down to one gut-wrenching question: Do I stop living because I have lost Jan, or do I somehow go on? The answer became "Jan's Story" - a look into the lonely world of care giving and the physical and mental toll it takes, and in the end an affirmation of survival.
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