February 17, 2006

Reporters on the frontline of news to speak at Case

Hafez Al-Mirazi
Hafez Al-Mirazi

Susie Gharib
Susie Gharib

Hafez Al-Mirazi, the host of the Al Jazeera Arabic television show From Washington, will be the first speaker in the 2006 "Conversations with America's Premier Journalists and Writers" in the Susie Gharib Distinguished Lectureship series at Case Western Reserve University. Al-Mirazi's free, public talk begins at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, in 206 Clark Hall, 11130 Bellflower Road.

Al-Mirazi is the first of four journalists to visit Case this year and talk about their careers as reporters on the frontlines covering breaking news. Other speakers featured this year are Dana Priest, the intelligence and national security writer for the Washington Post, Monday, February 27; Michael Getler, ombudsman for the Public Broadcasting Service, Monday, March 6; and Bill Marimow, managing editor of National Public Radio, Wednesday, March 22. All talks are at 4 p.m. in 206 Clark Hall on Bellflower Road and are open to the public.

Since joining Al-Jazeera in 2000, Al-Mirazi has been highlighting issues related to U.S.-Arab relations during his weekly show From Washington. At Case, he will discuss his career as the television network's Washington bureau chief.

Prior to his current position, Al-Mirazi was the Washington correspondent for BBC Arabic/World Service and a writer, editor and broadcaster for Voice of America. He launched his career in journalism in 1980 as a radio journalist and broadcaster with Voice of the Arab's Cairo Radio.

This is the fourth year for the Gharib lecture series, which is made possible by a gift from Susie Gharib—co-anchor of the Nightly Business Report on PBS Television and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Case (1972)—and her husband Fred Nazem. Visits to campus by these distinguished lecturers form the cornerstone of an advanced journalism class. Ted Gup, Case's Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism and a former Washington Post and Time Magazine reporter, is director of the Gharib lecture series.

To learn more, visit the Susie Gharib Distinguished Lectureship In Journalism Web site or call 216-368-4837.

For more information: Susan Griffith 216-368-1004.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, February 17, 2006 10:42 AM | News Topics: College of Arts and Sciences, Events, Public Policy/Politics

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