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Each week, an average of more than 27 million people tune in to National Public Radio (NPR) programming, placing listenership at near-record highs. In this age of digital media, what is the secret to the stunning success of America's original electronic medium?

Join journalist/scholar Marvin Kalb for the next edition of The Kalb Report when NPR icons Scott Simon, Susan Stamberg, Nina Totenberg, Mara Liasson and Steve Inskeep discuss the impact and magic of radio, as well as news coverage, politics, personalities, and the art of storytelling.

The Kalb Report will begin at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9, in the main ballroom of the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Free tickets are available online.

"From Murrow's broadcasts during the London blitz in World War II, I have been fascinated by radio's role in conveying news, both ordinary and dramatic, and in informing the nation," said Kalb. "NPR now does it better than any other radio network. How did it manage to reach this extraordinary level of accomplishment—and to maintain its high quality at a time when economic pressures have forced other news organizations to drop a notch or two? I am eager to learn from some of the great reporters at NPR on December 9 at the National Press Club."

The Kalb Report series is produced jointly by The National Press Club Journalism Institute, 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 University of Maryland.

For the 12th consecutive year, the series is underwritten by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Since 1994, this partnership has produced 85 forums with guests including Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, 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 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 SiriusXM 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 and a senior advisor to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis journalism. Over the course of his distinguished 30-year career in broadcast journalism, Kalb served as chief diplomatic correspondent for both CBS News and NBC News, and was 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. 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 at University of Maryland University College, as well as a professorial lecturer in journalism at George Washington University. 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 a 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 2014 graduate of 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.