Klose Named New Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism

February 18, 2009

Merrill College to produce new generation of journalists

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Kevin Klose, President Emeritus of National Public Radio, has been appointed dean of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, effective April 13, 2009.

“The University of Maryland is excited to welcome Kevin Klose as dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism,” said University of Maryland president C.D. (Dan) Mote, Jr. “Kevin brings to us the perfect blend of seasoned journalism, highest integrity, a global perspective, and a passion for building institutions. He’s a builder. His record foretells that he is a perfect fit for the university’s strategic intent to lift its colleges by leveraging assets through partnerships. Kevin’s vision will guide us in educating the next generation of journalists, as well as in redefining journalism.”

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 Vivian Schiller. “Under his leadership, NPR established 9 foreign bureaus, earned journalism’s top awards, including 15 Peabodys and 11 DuPont awards, opened NPR’s West Coast Production Center, and welcomed the $235 million bequest from the late Joan B. Kroc that has helped secure our long-term future. We thank him for his years of service and wish him well in his new role at the University of Maryland.”

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 New York, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the program blends traditional reporting with innovative, multimedia storytelling to produce quality hands-on journalism study and practice.

“Kevin’s energy and vision will assure the future of this great center of journalistic learning and research at Maryland,” said Nariman Farvardin, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. The John S. and James L. Knight Hall, scheduled to be completed later this year, will consolidate many of journalism’s activities under one roof, and use state-of-the-art technology to bring the power of the interactive, global and multimedia digital information revolution to the College of Journalism – and the heart of the University community.

Farvardin noted that the Merrill College of Journalism is a key component of the University’s 10-year strategic plan, a blueprint to take Maryland to worldwide standards of excellence in all its areas of instruction and research.

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 Washington and Annapolis, and UMTV, a cable station operated by the college.

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: Deborah Nelson (Carnegie Professor and Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter); David Broder (nationally acclaimed political reporter and a columnist for The Washington Post); Haynes Johnson (best-selling author, national TV commentator); Kevin Blackistone (former Dallas Morning News and current Shirley Povich Chair in Sports Journalism); Gene Roberts (former managing editor of The New York Times and executive editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer); George Solomon (former assistant managing editor/sports at The Washington Post and ESPN Ombudsman and Shirley Povich Professor); and Lee Thornton (Interim Dean, holder of the Richard Eaton Endowed Chair, former CBS News White House correspondent, CNN program producer, and award-winning NPR host).

Dean Klose will lead the College faculty and staff in completing a strategic plan for meeting future journalism educational goals and challenges, as well as lead development activities for the Merrill College of Journalism.

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.

About the University of Maryland

From its pre-Civil War roots as Maryland’s first agricultural college and one of America’s original land grant institutions, the University of Maryland today is the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland and one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. Ranked No. 18 by U.S. News & World Report, it also has 32 academic programs in the Top 10 and 86 in the Top 25. The current faculty includes three Nobel Laureates, six Pulitzer Prize winners, 42 members of the National Academies of Science, a three-time Emmy Award winner, and scores of Fulbright scholars. Maryland is committed to excellence as the state’s premier center of research and graduate education and the institution of choice for undergraduate students of exceptional ability and promise. For more information about the University of Maryland, visit www.umd.edu.

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SOURCE University of Maryland, College Park

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