Barry Kalb started his career in journalism in 1967 at the Washington Evening Star. After eight years, he moved to Hong Kong in 1975, briefly for NBC News, and then as a staff correspondent for CBS News. In 1979, he joined Time magazine as Eastern Europe bureau chief, based in West Berlin, and subsequently moved to Rome, New York and back to Hong Kong with Time. He took a 14-year break from journalism to become a restauranteur in Hong Kong, finally leaving that business in 2002. In late 2002, he returned to journalism, as an editor at the Voice of America bureau in Hong Kong. He has covered the Watergate corruption scandal in Washington D.C., the deaths of Chou En-lai and Mao Tse-tung and the return to power of Deng Xiaoping in China, the beginnings of the Solidarity movement in Poland, and the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in Rome, among many other stories.