In 1982, Joe Frazier found himself on a list that would make most of us shudder and consider a change of profession.

It was a death list, circulated by a rightist paramilitary group in El Salvador.

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Former Associated Press reporter Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier was covering the Salvadoran Civil War for the Associated Press, a conflict so bloody and horrifying, a simple death list might seem like no big deal. As Joe Frazier puts it, "El Salvador could be like that."

In fact, that's the name of his book, which is a memoir of his time in the country for the AP between 1979 and 1986.

Joe Frazier is retired now. He lives in Portland, and he joins me now.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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