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Denis D. Gray was born in Czechoslovakia, fleeing with his parents from the communist regime at the age of seven. He has lived in Germany, South Africa, France, and the U.S., where he attended Yale University and George Washington University.
Prior to starting his career in journalism, Gray served in the U.S. Army as an officer in military intelligence units in Japan and Vietnam. A year after joining AP in 1972, he was assigned to cover the Vietnam War, and has been based in Bangkok with the AP since 1976 as bureau chief, covering major stories in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Throughout his career, Gray has covered conflicts including the first Gulf War, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In addition, Gray served as co-president of the Indochina Media Memorial Foundation (IMMF), which pioneered training of journalists in several Southeast Asian countries, including Myanmar.