A Letter From the Publisher: Nov. 16, 1987

If some journalists are born with printer's ink in their blood, as the old expression has it, then TIME correspondents have veins filled with airplane fuel. Chasing the news, they can log more miles in a month than most mortals do in a lifetime. Few correspondents are more thoroughly traveled than Mexico City Bureau Chief John Borrell, who directs TIME's coverage of Central America, including this week's six-page report on the region's uncertain advance toward peace.

Born in England and reared in New Zealand, Borrell began his journalism career "drawing weather maps and covering flower shows" for a provincial newspaper. An...