February 26, 2009
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PRESIDENTS OF NPR, CNN, AP, AND KNIGHT FOUNDATION JOIN MARVIN KALB TO DISCUSS "JOURNALISM IN CRISIS"
MARCH 23, 2009; 8 P.M.
Media Chieftains Jon Klein, Vivian Schiller, Tom Curley, and Alberto Ibarguen Discuss Future of News in Fast Changing Landscape
WASHINGTON - Four of journalism's most influential executives, AP President Tom Curley, NPR President Vivian Schiller, CNN President Jon Klein, and Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibarguen, come together at the height of uncertainty to discuss where the profession is headed and how they will help lead the current reporting revolution. Join us as Marvin Kalb asks the ultimate decision makers how they plan to guide an industry in transition on the next edition of The Kalb Report, Monday, March 23, 2009, at 8 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the National Press Club. 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.
Tom Curley is the president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press. Under his leadership, AP is moving rapidly to capture the growing audience for digital and video news and ensure The Associated Press' relevance in the rapidly changing media world. Curley also has deepened The Associated Press' longstanding commitment to the people's right to know and serves as one of the nation's most aggressive advocates for open government, which he outlined in May 2004, calling on news industry colleagues to do more to protect freedom of information. In October 2007, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press presented a First Amendment Award to Curley, and in March 2008, he received the Radio Television News Directors Foundation's First Amendment Leadership Award for his role in pushing for more openness in government and for emphasizing reporting on First Amendment issues.
Alberto Ibarguen, GW honorary Doctor of Letters '05, is president and chief executive officer of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and is the former publisher of The Miami Herald and of El Nuevo Herald. During his tenure, The Miami Herald won three Pulitzer Prizes and El Nuevo Herald won Spain's Ortega y Gasset Prize for excellence in journalism. He studied at Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Between college and law school, he served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela's Amazon Territory and was programming and training officer for the Peace Corps program in Colombia. Ibarguen is chairman of the board of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and a member of the board of directors of PepsiCo, AMR (American Airlines), ProPublica, and Council on Foreign Relations.
Jon Klein was named president of CNN/U.S. in November 2004 and is responsible for management oversight of all programming, editorial tone, and strategic direction of the network. Klein served as president and chief executive officer of The FeedRoom, a broadband video company he founded in 1999. Klein also was executive vice president at CBS News, where he oversaw prime-time programming, including "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours" and off-network production, guest booking, investigative reporting, and strategic planning. Klein began his television career in 1980 as a news producer at WLNE (Providence, R.I.) and in 1982, he joined CBS News as a writer and news editor. Over the next 15 years, he held a number of posts including broadcast producer on "CBS Morning News" and "CBS Evening News Weekend Edition," where he won an Emmy Award for live coverage of the 1986 Reagan/Gorbachev summit in Reykjavik, Iceland; field producer for the prime-time magazine series, "48 Hours"; received an Emmy Award for coverage of Hurricane Hugo and a Peabody Award for an hour he produced on the anti-abortion movement; senior producer for the late-night series "America Tonight with Charles Kuralt and Lesley Stahl"; and served as senior producer for the network's coverage of the 1991 Gulf War and later for the documentary Back to Baghdad. Klein graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1980 with a degree in history.
Vivian Schiller, president and chief executive officer of NPR, oversees the company's operations and initiatives, including critical partnerships with more than 800 member stations and their service to the more than 26 million people who listen to NPR programming every week. Previously, she served as senior vice president and general manager of NYTimes.com and Discovery Times Channel. Schiller also served as senior vice president of CNN Productions, where she led CNN's long-form programming efforts. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including two Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and five Emmys. Schiller began her career as a simultaneous Russian interpreter in the former Soviet Union, which led her to documentary production work for Turner Broadcasting.
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 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 63 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, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, and most recently Alexis Glick, Diana Henriques, Steve Pearlstein, and Ali Velshi.
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