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Thomas L. Friedman to Discuss National Security & Freedom of the Press

Conversation with distinguished New York Times Foreign Affairs Columnist and journalist/scholar Marvin Kalb to be held at National Press Club

Bob Ludwig
By Bob Ludwig
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WASHINGTON – As the fall-out from Edward Snowden's leak to the media of the U.S. government's massive surveillance programs—including recent court rulings involving the constitutionality of these programs—continues to reverberate around the world, moderator Marvin Kalb and guest Thomas L. Friedman, the three—time Pulitzer Prize—winning columnist and author, will discuss the evolving intersection of national security and freedom of the press.

The Kalb Report: A Conversation on Freedom with Thomas L. Friedman will take place on Monday, February 10, at 8 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

"What a delight it will be to welcome Tom Friedman, winner of not one, not two, but three Pulitzer Prizes, back to the Kalb Report," said Marvin Kalb. "This time, to talk about freedom — not just freedom of the press but all of our freedoms, at a time when we must consider the dangers of global terrorism threatening our own cherished freedoms. Can't wait."

Friedman, whose foreign affairs column in The New York Times appears twice a week, reports on U.S. domestic politics and foreign policy, Middle East conflicts, international economics, environment, biodiversity and energy.

Friedman is the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem, which won both the National Book and the Overseas Press Club Awards in 1989. A revised edition was released in December 2012. His book The Lexus and the Olive Tree received the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for best non—fiction book on foreign policy. Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11, issued in 2002, consists of columns Friedman published about September 11.

The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty—first Century, issued in April 2005 and updated in 2006 and 2007, received the inaugural Goldman Sachs/Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award. In 2008 he brought out Hot, Flat, and Crowded, which was published in a revised edition a year later. His sixth book, That Used to Be Us: How American Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back, co—written with Michael Mandelbaum, was released in 2011.

Mr. Friedman was awarded Pulitzer Prizes for his coverage of the Middle East in 1983 and for international reporting in 1988. He was awarded a third Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for Distinguished Commentary for "his clarity of vision…in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat." In 2004, he was awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and the honorary title, Order of the British Empire (OBE), by Queen Elizabeth II.

The Kalb Report series is produced jointly by The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Harvard University's Shorenstein Center, University of Maryland University College and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

For the 11th consecutive year, the series is underwritten by a grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Since 1994, the partnership has produced 82 forums with guests including Walter Cronkite, Rupert Murdoch, Diane Sawyer, Roger Ailes, Katie Couric, Bill O'Reilly, Bob Costas, Hillary Clinton, Ken Burns, and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel. In 2012, The Kalb Report was honored with both a Gold World Medal and the overall Grand Award in the New York Festivals International Radio Awards competition.

The Kalb Report series is distributed nationally by American Public Television. Oklahoma Educational Television Authority serves as the presenting station. The Kalb Report also airs on the public radio channels of Sirius—XM Satellite Radio, Federal News Radio in Washington, D.C. (1500 AM), District of Columbia Cable Television, University of Maryland Cable Television, and NewsChannel 8 in Washington, D.C. Each program is also streamed live on

Moderator Marvin Kalb is Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Over the course of his distinguished 30—year career in broadcast journalism, Mr. Kalb served as chief diplomatic correspondent for both CBS News and NBC News, and moderator of Meet the Press. He went on to serve as the founding director of Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Among his many honors are two Peabody Awards, the DuPont Prize from Columbia University, the 2006 Fourth Estate Award from the National Press Club and more than a half—dozen Overseas Press Club awards. Mr. Kalb has authored or co—authored 13 nonfiction books and two best—selling novels. His latest book is "The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed."

Executive Producer Michael Freedman is a senior vice president and professor of the practice at University of Maryland University College, as well as a professorial lecturer in journalism at the George Washington University. Mr. Freedman is the former general manager of CBS Radio Network News, and former managing editor for the broadcast division of United Press International. He is the recipient of more than 85 honors for journalistic excellence including 14 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Senior Producer Heather Date is an associate vice president at University of Maryland University College and former CNN producer. She is the recipient of the Alliance for Women in Media's 2011 Gracie Award for Outstanding Producer of a News Program for her work on The Kalb Report.

Lindsay Underwood, a 2011 graduate of George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs, is the associate producer of The Kalb Report.

Web Editor Bryan Kane is a senior at George Washington University.

The Kalb Report series is directed by Robert Vitarelli, a 39—year CBS News veteran and a Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award winner.