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January 22, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT: Nick Massella
(202) 994-3087; 
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FEB. 9, 2009; 8 P.M.

Journalists Alexis Glick, Diana Henriques, Steve Pearlstein, and Ali Velshi join Marvin Kalb in discussion of the global economic crisis and the role of reporters in covering the story.

WASHINGTON - Four of the nation's top business reporters, Alexis Glick, Diana Henriques, Steve Pearlstein, and Ali Velshi, will join moderator Marvin Kalb to explore the "business of business reporting" on the next edition of The Kalb Report, Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 at 8 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the National Press Club.  The panel will examine the global economic crisis, the roles journalists have played in this evolving story, how the media affects the market, and how business influences the news media. 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.

"In what ways has the economic crisis affected the business and the practice of journalism? And in what ways has journalism affected the crisis?" asked Marvin Kalb, James Clark Welling Presidential Fellow at The George Washington University. "We all need help understanding the economy, especially now. Are the reporters doing a good job? I look forward to discussing this vital issue with four of the best - in fact, can't wait."

Alexis Glick is vice president of business news at Fox Business and an anchor of Money for Breakfast and The Opening Bell. Prior to joining FOX, Glick served as a correspondent for the Today Show and co-anchored the third hour of that program. She also has been the senior trading correspondent for CNBC and reported from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, providing live daily updates for Squawk Box. While at CNBC, Glick also contributed to Street Signs and Closing Bell.

Diana B. Henriques, B.A. '69, senior financial writer of The New York Times, has specialized in financial fraud, white-collar crime, and corporate governance issues since 1989. She was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting and is the recipient of the 2005 George Polk Award for Military Reporting and the 2005 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. She also received the 2004 Worth Bingham Prize for her articles on the fleecing of young soldiers by insurance and investment companies, a series that led to investigations, Pentagon regulatory changes, and congressional hearings for legislative reforms. Henriques earned a bachelor of arts degree in international affairs from The George Washington University and was a General Motors scholar.  She now serves as chairwoman of the International Advisory Council of GW's Elliott School of International Affairs.

Steve Pearlstein is a business columnist at The Washington Post. He has served in various capacities at The Washington Post including deputy business editor and defense industry reporter. Prior to his career at The Washington Post, Pearlstein was a senior editor of Inc. and the founder, editor, and publisher of The Boston Observer. Pearlstein was the 2006 recipient of the Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary.

Ali Velshi is CNN's chief business correspondent, host of Your $$$$$, a regular contributor and anchor for Issue #1, and host of The Ali Velshi Show. Velshi has covered the U.S. government's bailout plan; the financial collapses of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG and Lehman Brothers; and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike reporting on the impact of the storms on oil refineries. He was reporting live from an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico amid evacuation calls for Hurricane Katrina. He covered the Enron story at every step since it hit the national spotlight in 2001. He reported live from Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., as the company announced the layoff of 30,000 workers. Born in Kenya and raised in Toronto, Velshi graduated from Queens University in Canada with a degree in religion. Velshi's first book, Gimme My Money Back: Your Guide to Beating the Financial Crisis, was released in January 2009.

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. Kalb is a James Clark Welling Presidential Fellow at The George Washington University and moderator of The Kalb Report.

The Kalb Report is produced at the National Press Club (located at 14th and F streets, NW, Washington, D.C., 13th floor) before audiences comprising several hundred college students and industry professionals. 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 and Sirius-XM Satellite Radio.

The executive producer of The Kalb Report series is Michael Freedman, executive director of the GW Global Media Institute and professor in The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs. The director of the series is Robert Vitarelli, a 39-year CBS News veteran. The producers are Heather Date, a GW alumna and former CNN producer and GW Presidential Administrative Fellow Matt Saunders. The associate producer is GW senior Sandra Perez.

The George Washington University, Harvard, and the National Press Club have produced 62 Kalb Report forums since 1994.  Guests have included Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour, Walter Cronkite, Roger Ailes, Jim Lehrer, Hillary Clinton, Donald Rumsfeld, Madeleine Albright, Bob Costas, Bill O'Reilly, Nobel Prize winner Eli Wiesel, and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.

Free tickets for the February 9 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

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