|For immediate release
May 18, 2000
NPR's Sylvia Poggioli to Receive Honorary Degree from Brandeis University
Waltham, MA -- Sylvia Poggioli, foreign
correspondent for National Public
Radio® (NPR®), will receive an honorary
Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Brandeis University at their 49th
commencement on Sunday, May 21, 2000. Joining Poggioli as recipients of
honorary degrees are George Mitchell, former U.S. Senate majority leader,
Desmond Tutu, retired Anglican archbishop and Noble Peace Prize winner, and
others. Tutu will give the keynote address at the ceremony.
"For nearly 20 years, Sylvia has been at the
heart of NPR's foreign coverage," said Bruce Drake, acting vice-president of
News and Information. "Her distinctive and distinguished reporting has
helped put NPR on the map for many of our listeners."
Poggioli reports from Rome and other parts
of Europe and the Middle East and can be heard on NPRŽ's award-winning
newsmagazines Morning Edition® with Bob Edwards, All Things Considered® and
Weekend Edition®. Since joining NPR®'s Foreign Desk in 1982, Poggioli's
reporting has included noteworthy coverage of the fall of communism in
Eastern Europe, wars that accompanied the break-up of Yugoslavia and
European reactions to events surrounding the Gulf War.
Her reports on the Bosnian conflict earned
two awards in 1993, the George Foster Peabody Award and the Edward Weintal
Journalism Prize. She also won the National Women's Political
Caucus/Radcliffe College Exceptional Merit Media Award and the Silver Angel
Excellence in the Media Award in 1994.
A 1968 graduate of Harvard College, Poggioli
has a bachelor's degree in Romance languages and literature and later
studied in Italy under a Fulbright Scholarship. In 1990 she spent an
academic year as a research fellow at Harvard University's Center for Press,
Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government.
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