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NPR President at WIU April 18

April 7, 2006

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MACOMB, IL - - Kevin Klose, president and chief executive officer of National Public Radio (NPR), will be at Western Illinois University Tuesday, April 18 in recognition of the UniversityÂ’s Tri States Public RadioÂ’s 50th year of service to the region.

His schedule will include a visit with Macomb Rotary, a private reception for members and underwriters of Tri States Public Radio and a free public lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the College of Fine Arts and Communication Recital Hall. Klose will speak about Western’s University theme, “Global Challenges and Personal Responsibility,” as it relates to the media and pubic radio in particular.

“We are thrilled to host Kevin Klose in celebration of our 50th anniversary,” said Tri States Public Radio General Manager Dorie Vallillo. “He is an excellent speaker who does a wonderful job of connecting with his audience and sharing the power of public radio and what it means to its listeners.”

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, he served as director of U.S. International Broadcasting, overseeing the U.S. governmentÂ’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 is a founder of the Intermedia Survey Institute of Washington, a non-profit research firm specializing in media and opinion survey in Eurasia.

The former Woodrow Wilson National Fellow, who received a bachelor of arts degree at Harvard, serves on the board of Independent Sector in Washington, D.C. He is the author of “Russia and the Russians: Inside the Closed Society,” which won the Overseas Press Club’s Cornelius Ryan Award, and co-author of four other books.

Since its launch in 1970, NPR has evolved into a leading media company and primary news provider. In partnership with 815 public radio stations, it attracts almost 26 million listeners to the nearly 150 hours of programming it produces and distributes weekly. NPR maintains news bureaus and correspondents in 37 cities worldwide.

Tri States Public Radio WIUM 91.3 FM (Macomb) and WIUW 89.5 FM (Warsaw/Keokuk) has been an NPR member station since 1982. The service is part of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Western Illinois University. More information about Tri States Public Radio can be found at

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