Trailblazing Armenian Journalist Passes Away

The very active expatriate journalism community in Glendale is mourning the loss this week of Armen Dilanyan, who died unexpectedly on Tuesday at age 56.

Before coming to the U.S. in 2006 and establishing a daily political talk show on SoCal’s Horizon Armenian Television, Dilanyan built up a solid reputation working for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Per an obituary on azatutyun.am, he was one of the first correspondents for the service in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan and helped launch a local bureau after the territory gained independence in 1992:

Armen Koloyan, a longtime member of RFE/RL’s Prague team, had worked with Dilanyan since the early 1990s. “We colleagues called Armen Dilanyan ‘Dilo’ because there were several Armens in our office and we had to tell them apart,” he said.

“Our Dilo would start the day with countless cigarettes and coffee and witty jokes,” recalled Koloyan. “He would then get down to business: daily news, commentary, serious and frank reports on the big world and political, economic and social developments in one of its small parts, Armenia.”

In recent years, Dilanyan also could be seen on the Armenian-Russian Television Network (ARTN). RIP.

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