NPR president emeritus to present Oweida Lecture

March 04, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- Kevin Klose, a respected journalist who crafted an accomplished career in broadcast and print journalism, will present the annual Oweida Lecture in Journalism Ethics at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in Kern Auditorium at Penn State's University Park campus.

Klose, president emeritus of National Public Radio (NPR) and dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, served as president of NPR for 10 years. Under his leadership, NPR became America’s premier provider of fact-based, contextual journalism for radio, the Internet, mobile phone and satellite delivery systems. In addition, NPR’s national radio audience doubled during his tenure from 13 million weekly listeners to 26 million weekly listeners.

Klose also spent 25 years at The Washington Post where he held a variety of posts, including metro reporter, city editor, Moscow bureau chief, deputy national editor and opinion section editor.

The Dr. N.N. Oweida Lecture in Journalism Ethics is supported by an endowment from Margaret L. Oweida in memory of her husband, the late Dr. N.N. Oweida, a surgeon from New Kensington.

Previous visitors for the lecture include: Thomas Kunkel, former dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland; Keith Woods, dean of faculty, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies; Alex Jones, director, the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University; Michael Getler, ombudsman, The Washington Post; and Michael Josephson, founder, the Joseph and Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics.

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