John Green, born in 1941, grew up in the city of Coventry, England. He studied in the GDR for four years. After completing an internship at the DEFA documentary film studio in Berlin, he went on study film at the GDR’s national film school in Potsdam-Babelsberg, specializing in camera. After returning to the United Kingdom in 1968, he began working for GDR television as a foreign correspondent. This work took him all over the world, reporting on social, cultural and political issues and events, including the documenting of liberation struggles in the Global South. He ceased working for the GDR just before its demise in 1990.
John Green recorded his own experiences in the book Red Reporter — Covert Correspondent for East Germany and co-authored Stasi State or Socialist Paradise?, a balanced account of life in the DDR.