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CNN Correspondent Christiane Amanpour to Speak at Stony Brook University

Jan 31, 2013 - 4:00:00 PM

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Christiane Amanpour
STONY BROOK, NY, January 31, 2013 – On Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 8 pm in the Student Activities Center at Stony Brook University, CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour will serve as the inaugural speaker of the School of Journalism’s Marie Colvin Distinguished Lecture Series. The event marks the opening of the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting, which aims to nurture and grow the next generation of overseas reporters while raising public awareness about the need for more robust international coverage. 
With a career that spans three decades, Amanpour, has reported from major world news events and hotspots, including Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, the Palestinian territories, Iran, Sudan, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda, the Balkans, Egypt, Libya, throughout Europe and the United States. Amanpour met Colvin over two decades ago while on assignment, and their paths crossed again in many conflict zones. The last time they worked together was in Libya in 2011, when the two international correspondents scored an interview with former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
“I am delighted to support the Center,” said Amanpour, who also serves as the Global Affairs anchor for ABC News and hosts the international nightly news program Amanpour. “Marie Colvin knew that it all starts with a great foundation in the basics and the classics of our craft. That is the aim of the Center: to put international reporting front and center for aspiring young journalists.”

International correspondents Christiane Amanpour and Marie Colvin interview Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
"Never has it been more important to send a message that the work of Marie Colvin is not only valued, but will be carried on by the next generation,” said Howard Schneider, Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism, and longtime Newsday editor during whose tenure the Long Island newspaper won Pulitzer prizes for its coverage of Rwanda, Bosnia and Iraq. “I thank Christiane Amanpour for helping us to shed light on the crucial importance of international reporting.”
The event is free and open to the public. For students, tickets will be required and should be picked up at the SAC box office. For the general public, those interested in attending should RSVP to (THIS EVENT HAS BEEN FILLED TO CAPACITY - TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE)


About the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting
Marie Colvin
The Center’s aim is to honor Marie Colvin’s legacy, while fostering proactive and innovative solutions to meet the need for foreign news coverage. It will offer a specialized curriculum developed by faculty with decades of international field experience.

A travel fellowship will be established in Marie Colvin’s name to offer journalism students in need of financial assistance the opportunity to intern in foreign news bureaus and go on overseas reporting trips. The Marie Colvin Travel Fellowship will help expand Stony Brook’s “Journalism Without Walls” program, which has already sent student journalists on foreign reporting trips to China, Russia, Cuba and most recently Kenya.
A journalist-in-residence fellowship at the Center will reward outstanding overseas reporting by inviting foreign correspondents to Stony Brook for a semester of scholarship, writing and teaching. The Marie Colvin Distinguished Lecture Series, kicked off by Christiane Amanpour, will continue to bring inspiring journalists to give public lectures about their international experiences.
About Marie Colvin
Colvin’s illustrious career spanned 30 years and took her to conflict zones around the globe, including Iraq, Libya, Zimbabwe, Chechnya and Kosovo. In later years, she was recognizable by a trademark black eye patch, which she wore after losing her left eye to shrapnel from an attack by a Sri Lankan soldier. Her experiences were characterized by many dramatic tales – from an eight-day mountain trek with Chechnyan rebels to her aid in the rescue of 1,500 women and children from a besieged United Nations compound in East Timor – adding up to a remarkable body of work and a singular legacy.


© Stony Brook University 2013

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