NPR’s president to address “Journalism and Democracy” during Vanderbilt talk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Kevin Klose, president and chief executive officer of National Public Radio (NPR), will speak Sept. 27 at Vanderbilt University Law School.

Klose’s talk, which is scheduled from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Flynn Auditorium, will focus on “Journalism and Democracy” and their complex relationship given current world events.

Klose, who joined NPR in 1998, is a former editor and national and foreign correspondent with The Washington Post. He is also an award-winning author whose books include Russia and the Russians: Inside the Closed Society.

Klose’s previous broadcasting positions include director of U.S. international broadcasting, in which he oversaw the U.S. government’s global radio and television news services from 1997 to 1998. In addition, he was president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, broadcasting to Central Europe and the former Soviet Union from 1994 to 1997. Klose also helped devise and implement a strategy to coordinate all U.S.-funded international broadcasting that refocused the mission while modernizing operations in the post-Cold War.

Klose, winner of the Overseas Press Club’s Cornelius Ryan Award, is a former Woodrow Wilson National Fellow. He serves on the board of Independent Sector in Washington, D.C., and is a cum laude graduate of Harvard University.

Klose’s lecture, which is made possible through a partnership between Nashville Public Radio/WPLN and Vanderbilt University, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 615-760-2903. Audio from the event will be posted on VUCast (, the news and information site of Vanderbilt University.

Media contact: Ann Marie Deer Owens, (615) 322-NEWS

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