NPR President emeritus to visit, tour Kent State today

Amy Szabo

Kevin Klose, president emeritus of National Public Radio and current president of the NPR Foundation, will visit Kent State today.

Having previously visited the campus in March 2004, Klose is returning to take a tour of the newly remodeled Franklin Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. He will focus on Black Squirrel Radio and TV2.

Klose was president of NPR from December 1998 until September 2008. NPR is a national nonprofit news and programming radio service that has been running since 1970.

Before NPR, Klose served as a reporter and then editor for The Washington Post. Previously, he was a director of U.S. International Broadcasting, which supervises the global radio and TV news services of the U.S. government.

Klose also wrote the book “Russia and the Russians: Inside the Closed Society.”

Following Klose’s tour, Journalism and Mass Communication students are welcome to come and talk to Klose outside of Room 240 in Franklin Hall.

“He’s coming to assist us with our digital conversion campaign,” said Kelly Eppink, Manager of Executive Communications and Events at WKSU.

WKSU is hosting a donor event tonight, and Klose will address those present about the idea of digital conversion.

“We think it’s important we get people of journalism prominence to talk to journalism students whenever we can,” Eppink said.

Contact College of Communications and Information reporter Amy Szabo at [email protected].