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Dec. 2, 2003
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NPR's Kevin Klose to speak at EMU Commencement

Klose will participate in the December 14 ceremony

YPSILANTI — Kevin Klose, president and chief executive officer of National Public Radio (NPR), will be the keynote speaker for Eastern Michigan University’s commencement ceremony Sunday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m. at the Convocation Center.

Kevin Klose
Kevin Klose
Photo courtesy NPR
NPR has more than 600 stations, including EMU’s WEMU 89.1 FM, and a weekly audience of nearly 15 million listeners nationwide.

A former editor, and national and foreign correspondent with The Washington Post, Klose is an award-winning author and international broadcasting executive.

Prior to joining NPR in December 1998, Klose served successively as director of U.S. international broadcasting, overseeing the U.S. Government's global radio and television news services (1997-98); and president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), broadcasting to Central Europe and the former Soviet Union (1994-97). Klose first joined RFE/RL in 1992 as director of Radio Liberty, broadcasting to the former Soviet Union in its national languages.

As RFE/RL president, Klose radically downsized RFE/RL and moved it from Munich, Germany, to Prague, the Czech Republic. He also helped devise and implement a strategy to coordinate all U.S.-funded international broadcasting (Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Radio/TV Marti, Worldnet Television) to save money, refocus the mission and modernize operations in the post-Cold War.

Klose is a founder of the Intermedia Survey Institute of Washington, a non-profit research firm specializing in media and opinion survey in Eurasia.

Prior to RFE/RL, Klose was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for 25 years. His various positions at the newspaper included City Editor (1974-76); Moscow Bureau Chief (1977-1981); Midwest correspondent (1983-1987); and Deputy National Editor (1987-1990).

Klose received a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, at Harvard University. A former Woodrow Wilson National Fellow, he serves on the Board of The Eurasia Foundation in Washington. He is the author of “Russia and the Russians: Inside the Closed Society,:” winner of the Overseas Press Club's Cornelius Ryan Award; and co-author of four other books.

NPR is a private, non-profit membership organization that produces and acquires programming, operates the satellite system that interconnects the nation's public radio stations and provides representation and membership services to the public radio community.

Founded in 1970, NPR has been the primary source of global news and information, and music and cultural programming for generations of radio listeners. NPR News operates around the clock, with bureaus in key cities in the United States, as well as in major cities throughout the world. Internationally acclaimed for the quality and balance of its programs, NPR has won numerous awards for excellence.


Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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