Profile of “Mockingbird” Kevin Klose, Former NPR President, Now Dean at U. of Maryland’s Merrill School of Journalism

Kevin Klose

Advisory Council, Eurasia Foundation

Journalism Advisory Committee, National Press Foundation

Media Advisory Council (1999), IREX

Advisory Board, USC Center on Public Diplomacy 

From the University of Maryland, Phillip Merrill College of Journalism Website

Kevin Klose Dean and Professor B.A., Harvard

Office: Knight Hall Phone: 301.405.2383 Email:

A former editor, and national and foreign correspondent with The Washington Post, Klose is an award-winning author and worldwide broadcasting executive. He joins the Merrill College from his post as president emeritus of National Public Radio, where he served as president from 1998 to 2008.

Prior to joining NPR, Klose served successively as director of U.S. international broadcasting, overseeing the U.S. Government'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). He joined RFE/RL in 1992 as director of Radio Liberty, broadcasting to the former Soviet Union in its national languages. Among his achievements, he relocated RFE/RL from Munich to Prague and helped devise and implement a strategy to refocus the mission of all U.S.-funded international broadcasting and update operations.

Klose previously was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for 25 years, serving as city editor, Moscow bureau chief, Midwest correspondent and deputy national editor.

Klose received a B.A., cum laude, from Harvard. A former Woodrow Wilson National Fellow, he serves on the board of Independent Sector in Washington, DC. He is the author of Russia and the Russians: Inside the Closed Society, the winner of the Overseas Press Club's “Cornelius Ryan Award” and is co-author of four other books.

Wikipedia: Kevin Klose

Kevin Klose (b. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, September 1, 1940[1]) is a journalist, author, broadcast executive, and academic administrator, currently serving as the dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park.[2] He was, until September 2008, the president of National Public Radio (NPR), the United States' largest nonprofit radio outlet for news and cultural programming. He served in this position beginning in December 1998, and also served as the organization's chief executive officer from 1998 to 1999.[1][2] He was also a member of NPR's corporate Board of Directors, and a Trustee of the NPR Foundation.[3] Klose grew up in Red Hook, New York. His parents, Woody and Virginia Taylor Klose, were radio producers and writers during the 1930s and 1940s. Prior to his tenure at National Public Radio, Klose was for 25 years an editor and reporter at The Washington Post. From 1994 to 1997, he served as president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Some criticized the choice of Kevin Klose to be the head of NPR because he "used to be the director of all major worldwide US government propaganda dissemination broadcast media including VOA, Radio Liberty, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, Worldnet Television and the anti-Castro Radio/TV Marti." [3] Klose is a graduate of Harvard University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in 1962. He has authored five books. He serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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  1. ^ Who's Who in America - 2009 (63 ed.). 2008. 
  2. ^ "Klose Named New Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism". February 18, 2009.
  3. ^ Lenderman, Stephen (January 23, 2007). "The Spirit of Tom Paine".

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 Kevin Klose, NPR head, CIA creep, on Dianne Rehm tomorrow

"In a move roughly akin to the ACLU hiring a CIA director for its president, National Public Radio named the czar of American broadcast agitprop as its CEO. Kevin Klose has been director of the US International Broadcasting Bureau, which runs or coordinates all major American broadcast propaganda, including the Voice of America and Radio Marti. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Radio Free Asia operate under the oversight of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the same body that supervises IBB. Kevin Klose was president of Radio FreeEurope/Radio Liberty from 1992 to 1997. Prior to that, he worked for many years for the Washington Post.

The choice raises new questions about the independence from government influence of the public radio network, which is already tied by purse-strings to Washington and has shown considerable deference to the White House in its coverage of the Clinton scandals.

This is not the first time American media and propaganda have been seamlessly joined. In 1976, the president of the CIA-connected Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty was former CBS president Sig Mickelson. Ironically, one of the few journalists who raised questions about the relationship of the media and the CIA--to the detriment of his career at CBS--was Daniel Schorr, now at NPR. Carl Bernstein, in a contemporary article in "Rolling Stone, "estimated that 400 American journalists had been tied to the CIA at one point or another, including such well-known media figures as the Alsop brothers, C.L. Sulzberger of the"New York Times," and Philip Graham of the "Washington Post." Later the "New York Times" reported that the CIA had owned or subsidized more than 50 newspapers, news services, radio stations, and periodicals, mostly overseas. ...

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