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KCBX Central Coast Public Radio Presents a Live Discussion with NPR Morning Edition Host

Event is Friday, August 31 at the Cuesta College CPAC

KCBX Central Coast Public Radio is presenting a candid in-person discussion with two prominent NPR personalities: David Greene, host of NPR’s news program Morning Edition; and Kelly McEvers, host of NPR’s Embedded podcast and previous host of NPR’s news program, All Things Considered. The event is August 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center (CPAC). Both journalists have worked for NPR in varying rolls and will share with the audience their experiences reporting from the field and in the studio, as well as reporting in the current political climate.

“We’re so happy to have two NPR News anchors come to San Luis Obispo together to meet our listeners,” said KCBX President and General Manager Frank Lanzone. “It’s a unique opportunity to hear from two of the most accomplished journalists in the country about the processes involved in making the news happen.”

Funds raised from this event go to support NPR member station KCBX Central Coast Public Radio, which reaches FM listeners from Salinas to Santa Barbara as well as a growing digital audience around the world.

For two years prior to taking on his current role as Morning Edition host in 2012, Greene was an NPR foreign correspondent based in Moscow covering the region from Ukraine and the Baltics, east to Siberia. During that time he brought listeners stories as wide ranging as Chernobyl 25 years later and Beatles-singing Russian Babushkas. He spent a month in Libya reporting riveting stories in the most difficult of circumstances as NATO bombs fell on Tripoli. He was honored with the 2011 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize from WBUR and Boston University for coverage of the Arab Spring.

Greene’s voice became familiar to NPR listeners from his four years covering the White House, reporting on former President George W. Bush’s second term.

McEvers was previously a national correspondent based at NPR West in Culver City, Ca. Prior to that, she ran NPR’s Beirut bureau, where she earned a George Foster Peabody award, an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia award, a Gracie award, and an Overseas Press Club mention for her 2012 coverage of the Syrian conflict. She recently made a radio documentary about being a war correspondent with renowned radio producer Jay Allison of Transom.org.

In 2011, she traveled undercover to follow Arab uprisings in places where brutal crackdowns followed the early euphoria of protests. She has been tear-gassed in Bahrain; she has spent a night in a tent city with a Yemeni woman who would later share the Nobel Peace Prize; and she spent weeks inside Syria with anti-government rebels known as the Free Syrian Army.

In Iraq, she covered the final withdrawal of U.S. troops and the political chaos that gripped the country afterward. Before arriving in Iraq in 2010, McEvers was one of the first Western correspondents to be based full-time, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

KCBX is a non-commercial public radio station that serves an average weekly audience of over 40,000 listeners in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and south Monterey Counties. Eighty-eight percent of the financial support for the station comes from individual listener/subscribers, local corporate underwriters and proceeds from the Live Oak Music Festival. KCBX broadcasts local and national information programming, NPR shows, and an eclectic music format with genres ranging from jazz and classical to Americana and world music.

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