In 15 years as a Mideast correspondent for the Associated Press, I received countless e-mails from readers to the thousands of stories I’d written. Most complained, critiqued and even threatened. But I never encountered anything quite like the one that arrived on June 6, 2020.
Responding to a global roundup about those who’d lost their jobs to the coronavirus pandemic, this random reader reached out to ask about the Israeli computer programmer I had profiled. He stumbled on the article in his local newspaper in San Jose and said he found it interesting since he was in the “software business” and had R&D contacts in Israel.
“I am not sure if it is possible for you to connect me with Itamar Lev,” he wrote. “Either way, hoping he finds a solid job and we would be interested in talking to him.”
Only the e-mail signature revealed who this mystery man was: Bhaskar Gorti: President, Nokia Software and Chief Digital Officer.