Alum held in Libya escapes captivity
Editor’s Note: We had tweeted earlier that VanDyke graduated in 2008. He actually graduated in 2004.
After Libyan rebels captured Tripoli late Tuesday, Securities Studies alum Matthew VanDyke (GRD ’04) escaped from the prison where Gadhafi’s government had held him in solitary confinement for about six months, the Balitmore Sun reported yesterday.
VanDyke, a freelance journalist, had gone to Libya in early March to cover the overthrow over the Gadhafi regime. He went missing sometime around March 12. This Wednesday, he contacted mother Sharon VanDyke and girlfriend Lauren Fischer from a borrowed cell phone.
“He sounded fine other than he said he thought maybe he lost his voice because he didn’t have anybody to talk to for six months,” VanDyke’s mother told the Sun.
Over the last several months, family members and government officials, including Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), have been working to bring the South Baltimore native home.
While at Georgetown, VanDyke wrote a political column for the Hoya.
h/t Baltimore Sun, Photo by B.R.Q