Throughout his distinguished career as a United States diplomat, Richard Marshall worked as a writer, editor, and reporter. After being drafted in 1966 and stationed in France, he completed his undergraduate degree at Boston University and earned his masterâ€™s degree in international relations from Syracuse University. As a diplomat, Marshall traveled around the world and authored critical government policies, motions, and pamphlets. He was the lead reporter on some of the most pertinent issues of the late-twentieth century, including United States-Soviet Union relations and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. He also served as the head speechwriter for numerous government agencies, including the Human Rights Bureau and the US delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. Towards the end of his career, he worked as the chief editor for the United States Agency of International Development (USAID), summarizing important agency work in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Marshall is a four-time recipient of the US Department of Stateâ€™s Meritorious Honor Award. He also won the National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil Award for his work in Iraq in 2005. Although he spent most of his forty-year career abroad, he maintained press credentials at the State Department and the Pentagon.
In his spare time, Marshall enjoys good wine, classical music, and spending time with his family. He resides with his wife in Silver Spring, Maryland.