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N.Y. TIMES' JOHN BURNS MAKES MACLEAN'S 1992 HONOR ROLL

 TORONTO, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- As a Canadian who made a difference in 1992, New York Times' correspondent, John Burns has been chosen by Maclean's magazine to become one of the 12 outstanding Maclean's Honor Roll members.
 Burns, a Canadian correspondent with the New York times, is covering the epic story of Sarajevo - whose plight he has done as much as anyone to bring to the world's attention. "Our job," he says, "is simply to be there so the world knows what's going on."
 Simply being there, however, is no easy task in Sarajevo. More journalists have died covering the Yugoslav civil wars (33 by mid- December) than in any other recent conflict, and Sarajevo is the deadliest place of all. Burns, 48, spent virtually all year in Yugoslavia, including about five months in Sarajevo, more than any other foreign reporter. He has borne witness to the city's slow death with a dedication and skill that has won him the admiration of his peers.
 Burns, who was born in Nottingham, England, began his career as a copy boy at the old Ottawa Journal. He joined the Globe and Mail in 1967 and became a Canadian citizen the following year. Burns was hired away by the New York Times in 1975. His postings since then include South Africa, the Soviet Union, China and Canada, with assignments in Afghanistan, the Middle East and India, where he is to be posted in 1993. But he says that Sarajevo's torment is "the most compelling story I have ever covered."
 It is also one of the most personally significant. In February, 1991, Burns fell seriously ill with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer. After six months of intense treatment, and support from his family, he was pronounced fit to resume work. Last January, he set out from their Toronto home for Yugoslavia. Plunging into the war zone amounted to a kind of therapy:
 "My way of putting this (illness) behind me is getting myself in situations where the difficulties we endured were almost insignificant compared to the difficulties of the people I was surrounded by. It's the best rehabilitation program I could possible have."
 The 12 Maclean's Honor Roll recipients are selected for their outstanding achievements in their respective fields, and for their impact on Canadian society. Other honorees include: Paul Beeston, Roberta Bondar, Douglas Clark, Cline Dion, Sylvie Frchette, Diana Kilmury, Rosemarie Kuptana, Major-General Lewis MacKenzie, Oscar Peterson and George Woodcock.
 A profile of Burns is featured in this week's Maclean's magazine, appearing on newsstands Dec. 21, 1992.
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 /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on the Canadian Press Photo Network./
 /CONTACT: Marcia McClung, director - marketing communications, 416-596-5323, or Sharon McMahon, 416-596-5321, both of Maclean's/


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