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·University Newsdesk Press Release
February 18, 2009

Klose Named New Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Kevin Klose
Kevin Klose, Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism
It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Mr. Kevin Klose as Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, effective April 13, 2009.

Mr. Klose received a B.A. cum laude from Harvard University. He is the recipient of honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Union College, Marist College, and St. Lawrence University.

Mr. Klose is an internationally respected media executive, journalist, author, and lecturer. He most recently served as President of National Public Radio, Inc., (NPR), a member of its corporate Board of Directors, and a Trustee of the NPR Foundation. Under his leadership, NPR was transformed into America's premier non-profit provider of fact-based, contextual journalism for radio, the Internet, mobile phone, and satellite delivery systems. NPR's national radio audience doubled from 13 million weekly listeners in 1998 to 26 million weekly listeners today, a growth rate unmatched by any U.S. broadcast or cable network. More than 10 million segments are downloaded monthly from NPR's innovative public radio podcast portal.

During his tenure over the past ten years, NPR's budget tripled to more than $160 million annually. He raised more than $400 million in grants and gifts from foundations and individual givers, including a $230 million bequest from the late Joan B. Kroc, the largest cash grant ever made to an American cultural institution.

Early in his career, Mr. Klose was hired by Ben Bradlee at the The Washington Post. From 1967 to 1992, he held a wide variety of posts, including metro reporter, Maryland editor, city editor, Moscow Bureau Chief, Midwest Bureau Chief, deputy national editor, and editor of the opinion section, Outlook. He was a principal editor in major breaking stories and investigative series, award-winning international reporting, and coverage of the Iran-Contra hearings.

Mr. Klose is recognized as a national leader in efforts to expand federal and private philanthropic support for independent public broadcasting in the United States and for listeners abroad. He has made numerous presentations to Authorization and Appropriations Committees and Subcommittees of the U.S. Congress, Federal Communications Commissioners, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Mr. Klose is author or co-author of five books, including I Will Survive (Norton, NY 1962), a Holocaust biography, and Russia and the Russians: Inside the Closed Society (Norton, New York, 1984), winner of the Overseas Press Club's Cornelius Ryan Award. He is the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for significant contributions to public broadcasting. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard University Medical Center for Health and Global Environment, and a board member of the Independent Sector, a coalition of corporations, foundations, and private voluntary organizations that works to strengthen the nation's nonprofit organizations. He is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and a former member of the Board of the Eurasia Foundation.

I am excited about this appointment and confident that the Philip Merrill College of Journalism will flourish under Mr. Klose's capable leadership.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere appreciation to Dr. Lee Thornton for her outstanding leadership during her term as Interim Dean. Dr. Thornton will continue as Interim Dean of the College until Mr. Klose assumes the position of Dean.

I am also grateful to the search committee, chaired by Dean Jennifer Preece, for their commendable work which led to the successful appointment of Mr. Klose.

Nariman Farvardin
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost