Klose Named New Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Merrill College to produce new generation of journalists
Klose is an internationally respected journalist, broadcast executive, author and lecturer. He most recently served as President of National Public Radio, Inc., a member of its corporate Board of Directors, and a Trustee of the NPR Foundation. He has built a leadership career that spans local and national news reporting and editing, foreign correspondence, and service as president/CEO of three separate international news organizations.
During his tenure at NPR, the news and cultural radio service 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.
“In his decade with NPR, Kevin came to embody the passion for excellence and dedication to quality that is NPR,” said NPR CEO and President
A former associate director of the U.S. Information Agency, Klose has been a leader in profit and nonprofit news organizations. Prior to NPR, Klose’s career in journalism includes more than two decades as a reporter and editor at The Washington Post and leadership positions at U.S. Government-funded civilian broadcast services in the post-Cold War era.
“It is a great honor to serve as dean of the Merrill College of Journalism,” said Klose. “News media everywhere are in tumultuous transition from long-established formats and business models. We will use this opportunity to ensure the future of reliable, trustworthy, independent journalism we can use in our everyday lives. We will explore new formats and delivery platforms to prepare the next generation of journalists for the digital world rising around us. And, we will concentrate on the immutable ethical standards of gathering and reporting reliable, credible, contextual news. We will envision how the new technology can be used to strengthen and protect the freedom and veracity of information.”
The Merrill College, one of the nation’s most respected journalism programs, is a Carnegie/Knight Consortium News21 school, a collaborative partnership between journalism schools at 12 research universities, and is often referred to as journalism education’s “digital ivy league.” Funded by the Carnegie Corp. of
“Kevin’s energy and vision will assure the future of this great center of journalistic learning and research at
Farvardin noted that the Merrill College of Journalism is a key component of the University’s 10-year strategic plan, a blueprint to take
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism prepares students for careers in newspaper, magazine, broadcast news, newsletter and online journalism outlets. Students learn in college programs such as Capital News Service, a daily wire service in
The Merrill College is home to six Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as other leaders in the fields of print, broadcast and online journalism and internationally renowned communication scholars, including:
About the Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Founded in 1947, the Merrill College has nearly 500 undergraduate and 70 graduate students in its academic programs. It is also home to numerous professional outreach programs, such as the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, the Journalism Center on Children and Family, the national magazine American Journalism Review, and the Hubert H. Humphrey International Fellows program. It is also the national headquarters for the National Association of Black Journalists and the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors.
From its pre-Civil War roots as
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