Barry Hillenbrand (Ethiopia from 1963–65) taught history — and an occasional geography hillenbrand-bclass — in Debre Markos. He also helped the students put out a student newspaper which was properly snarky. After Peace Corps he did graduate work in history at New York University for two year before joining TIME magazine. In his 34 years with TIME, Hillenbrand served as a correspondent in various American cities — Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles — but he spent most of his career as a foreign correspondent. He worked in the Saigon Bureau covering Vietnam and Cambodia in the closing days of the war. He was South American Bureau Chief living in Rio de Janeiro. He covered the Persian Gulf, including the Iraq-Iran war, based in Bahrain. From 1986 to 1992 he was Tokyo Bureau Chief writing primarily on the trade disputes between the U.S. and Japan, and also covering Korea and the first of six Olympics. And from 1992 to 1999, he was London Bureau chief for the magazine. From 1999 until 2001, he covered foreign policy based in Washington.

Barry retired from TIME in 2001, and now lives in Washington, DC. He spends his time doing yard work which should not be confused with gardening. He edits The Herald, a newsletter on Ethiopia and Eritrea for RPCVs who served there. It appears irregularly. And he undertakes occasional assignments promoting and teaching journalism for the State Department, most recently in Lesotho, Malawi, Botswana, Bulgaria and Macedonia.