From the Publisher: Dec 25 1989

The only part of TIME operations that can lay claim to omniscience is the news desk. Sitting by banks of computer terminals, telephones and clocks adjusted to a spectrum of time zones, nine news-desk editors, managers and assistants keep track of our worldwide corps of 88 correspondents, ensuring that editors' questions to them, and their reports from the field, reach the right destinations.

"News-desk staffers sometimes have to call us at 2 or 3 a.m.," says Eastern Europe bureau chief John Borrell, who over the past few months has come to view sleep as a hobby that he once had time...

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