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August 27, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT: Adela de la Torre: (202) 994-6424;
TICKETS: Matt Saunders: (202) 994-6463;

SEPT. 27, 2008; 1 P.M.

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Renews Underwriting Support
for GW, Harvard, and National Press Club Partnership Series on Democracy and the Press

WASHINGTON -- Bill O'Reilly, host of The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel, will join moderator Marvin Kalb to open the 15th season of The Kalb Report on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, at 1 p.m. The two news veterans will explore the impact of "opinion journalism" on viewers, listeners, readers, and democracy. The forum will take place in the Main Ballroom of the National Press Club, located on the 13th floor of the National Press Building at 14th and F streets, NW. The Kalb Report is produced jointly by The George Washington University Global Media Institute, Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center, and the National Press Club. The series is underwritten by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

"Bill was my student at Harvard, and now he's my guest. I can't wait for him to be a 'factor' on The Kalb Report," said Marvin Kalb, James Clark Welling Presidential Fellow at The George Washington University and moderator of the series. "He has become a major player in cable news and talk television, transforming the world of journalism. His views must be heard and understood."

Bill O'Reilly has hosted The O'Reilly Factor for 11 years. The program has garnered top ratings among cable news talk shows since 2001, and currently is watched by millions of viewers across the United States and in more than 30 others countries. O'Reilly also hosts The Radio Factor, writes a weekly syndicated column, and has published several best selling books.

Over the course of his own 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 become the founding 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 National Public Radio and frequently is called upon to comment on major issues of the day by the nation's other leading news organizations. Among his many honors are two Peabody Awards, the DuPont Prize from Columbia University, and more than a half-dozen Overseas Press Club Awards. In 2006, Kalb was the recipient of The National Press Club's Fourth Estate Award, the organization's highest honor. 

The Kalb Report is produced at the National Press Club before audiences comprising several hundred college students and industry professionals. This special Saturday edition will take place during GW's 2008 Alumni Weekend celebration. The series is distributed to public television stations nationwide by Oklahoma Educational Television Authority and American Public Television and also airs on New England Cable News.  This edition of The Kalb Report is distributed for radio by Westwood One.

The executive producer of The Kalb Report series is Michael Freedman, vice president for communications, executive director of the GW Global Media Institute, and professorial lecturer in journalism at The George Washington University. The director of the series is Robert Vitarelli, a 39-year CBS News veteran. The producer is Heather Date, a GW alumna and former CNN producer. The associate producer is GW graduate student Matt Saunders.  

The George Washington University, Harvard, and the National Press Club have produced 60 Kalb Report forums since 1994.  Guests have included Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour, Walter Cronkite, Jim Lehrer, U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, FOX News Chairman Roger Ailes, Nobel Prize winner Eli Wiesel, and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.

Free tickets for the September 27 Kalb Report are available at the GW TicketMaster on the Ground Floor of the Marvin Center (800 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C.) or online at

Media covering the event may contact Adela de la Torre at (202) 994-6424 or




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