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August 10, 2007

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Former CBS and NBC News Chief Diplomatic Correspondent will Moderate
Four Forums on Democracy and the Press during 2007-2008 Academic Year

WASHINGTON - The George Washington University is pleased to announce that journalist and scholar Marvin Kalb has accepted a two-year appointment as a James Clark Welling Presidential Fellow. Kalb, the last correspondent personally hired at CBS News by the legendary Edward R. Murrow, will moderate a series of four forums on Democracy and the Press in the coming academic year. The forums, part of GW's highly acclaimed Kalb Report series, will take place at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., before audiences comprising GW students and members of the press. 

"Marvin Kalb has always led by example," said GW President Steven Knapp. "His accomplishments as both a journalist and an educator have infused generations of reporters with the knowledge, desire, and courage to strive for excellence. It is an honor and a pleasure to continue our long association with Mr. Kalb."

Since 1994, GW, Harvard, and The National Press Club have produced 56 forums in The Kalb Report series on issues at the intersection of the press and public policy. Guests have included Walter Cronkite, Roger Ailes, Jim Lehrer, Dan Rather, New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Ken Burns, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Ted Koppel, Tom Friedman, and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel. The series is underwritten by a grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Kalb said, " am honored by this appointment as a Welling Presidential Fellow and look forward to a rich, collegial, and fulfilling time at The George Washington University." Kalb will collaborate on his GW activities with School of Media and Public Affairs Director Lee Huebner and Vice President for Communications Michael Freedman, who serves as executive producer for The Kalb Report series.

Over a distinguished 30-year career in broadcast journalism, Marvin Kalb served as Chief Diplomatic Correspondent for CBS and NBC News and as moderator of Meet the Press. He went on to serve as the first director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He is a contributing news analyst on Fox News Channel and is frequently called upon to comment on major issues of the day by many of the nation's leading newspapers and networks. Among his many honors are two Peabody Awards, the DuPont Prize from Columbia University, and more than a half-dozen Overseas Press Club Awards.

A graduate of the City College of New York, Kalb has an M.A. from Harvard and was pursuing a Ph.D. in Russian history when he left Cambridge in 1956 for a Moscow assignment with the State Department. The following year, he joined CBS News as the last correspondent hired by Edward R. Murrow. Kalb has authored or co-authored 10 nonfiction books and two best-selling novels. His latest book, The Media and the War on Terrorism (co-edited with Stephen Hess), was the recipient of the 2004 Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism.  He currently is absorbed in research for a book on the impact of negative television ads on presidential campaigns. 

The Welling Presidential Fellowship is named for James Clark Welling, who was president of GW for most of the last quarter of the 19th century, during which time GW assumed many of the attributes of a modern research university. The Welling Presidential Fellowships, along with the Welling Professorships, bring internationally distinguished scholars to the GW campus on an occasional basis to contribute to the intellectual life of students and faculty.

Located four blocks from the White House, The George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the nation's capital. The University offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business, and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 130 countries.

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