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NPR’s foreign correspondent brings world to USU

National Public Radio correspondent covered wars, diplomacy from Moscow to Baghdad

LOGAN — Anne Garrels, senior foreign correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR), comes to Utah State University Nov. 3- 4 to deliver a Morris Media & Society Lecture on her two-decade career “bearing witness” to tumultuous world events.

Garrels brings her eye-witness accounts of Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, China, Kosovo and more to USU with “Bearing Witness—One journalist’s take on covering the world.” She speaks Thursday, Nov. 4, from 2-3:15 p.m. in the USU Performance Hall. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

A guest of Utah Public Radio, Garrels will be the special guest on Access Utah, UPR’s weekday call-in program, on Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 9 -10 a.m.

Garrels covered Iraq under Saddam Hussein and through the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and was one of only 16 U.S. journalists to stay behind in Baghdad during the U.S. bombing of the city, reporting live on the invasion and its aftermath. Her book on those experiences, Naked in Baghdad, was released in 2003.

Garrels joined public radio in 1988 after stints in TV for NBC and ABC News. She was NPR’s diplomatic correspondent, Moscow bureau chief and, for the past decade or so, has been a roving correspondent covering conflicts and wars from Chechnya to Beirut, from Kabul to Baghdad, with stops in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Tiananmen Square in China among others. Most recently she has been filing a series of stories from Russia.

Along the way, she has won virtually every important broadcasting award from the Peabody to du Ponts, Polks and Overseas Press Club awards for outstanding journalism. She is the 2010 recipient of the Los Angeles Press Club’s Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism.

While in Logan, Garrels also will meet with political science and journalism classes at USU, and participate in functions with Utah Public Radio.

Utah Public Radio programming can be heard in Cache Valley at 89.5 and 91.5 FM, as well as on the station’s digital program streams HD1 and HD2.  A third digital program stream, HD3, is Aggie Radio, Utah State University’s student station.

The JCOM Department’s Morris Media & Society Lecture Series is a regular series of public presentations by media professionals addressing a range of issues concerning the intersection of the mass media and modern society.

For more information about Anne Garrels’ appearances in Logan, contact Nora Zambreno at UPR at 435-797-9507 or Ted Pease in the JCOM Department at 435-797-3293.