NPR President and CEO Kevin Klose to Visit Cape Girardeau in March

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Kevin Klose is the president and chief executive officer of National Public Radio (NPR).

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 26, 2006 — Southeast Public Radio is proud to announce that Kevin Klose, president and chief executive officer of National Public Radio (NPR), will be the featured speaker at 6:30 p.m. March 14 for KRCU’s 15th Anniversary celebration as an NPR station.

Klose will speak on “The State of NPR” in Dempster Hall’s Glenn Auditorium on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. The event is free and open to the public.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 (1997-1998); and president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), broadcasting to Central Europe and the former Soviet Union (1994-97).

Klose received a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, at Harvard. A former Woodrow Wilson National Fellow, he serves on the board of Independent Sector in Washington, D.C. 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.

“We are very excited to have Kevin Klose coming to speak to the many friends and listeners of Southeast Public Radio, “ said General Manager Dan Woods. “We are going through a time of many challenges in public radio, and we are very fortunate to have a visionary like Kevin leading NPR.”

Woods said that he believes everyone will enjoy Klose’s speech because of his ability to connect with audiences. “He is a great speaker and does a fine job of sharing the power of public radio and what it means to its listeners,” Woods said.

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.

KRCU 90.9 FM is an affiliate of both Public Radio International and American Public Media. Southeast Public Radio is celebrating 15 years as a National Public Radio member station. The station is located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. More information about KRCU 90.9 FM can found at http://www.krcu.org.