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CNN’s prize-winning correspondent Christiane Amanpour to speak about hunger live by satellite

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KINGSTON, R.I -- September 14, 2004 -- University of Rhode Island alumna Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent based in London, will speak, live via satellite, about her personal experiences reporting on famine, war, and hunger around the world.

The public is invited to attend Amanpour’s talk, which will be followed by a live question-and-answer session. The free event, part of this fall’s URI Honors Colloquium “Food & Human Rights, Hunger & Social Policy,” will be held Monday, September 20 at 7 p.m. in Room 271, Chafee Social Science Center, URI’s Kingston Campus.

Amanpour has reported from many of the world’s most dangerous hotspots, including Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, and Rwanda. Recently, she reported on the desperate famine conditions in Sudan.

She was the only international correspondent who reported continuously from the Balkans, bringing the Bosnian tragedy into context and to the world’s attention. She subsequently covered the Milosevic war crime trials in The Hague.

Amanpour’s reputation as a world-class correspondent has earned her numerous awards, including an Emmy, two George Foster Peabody awards, two George Polk Awards, Courage in Journalism Award, and the 2002 Edward R. Murrow Award for Distinguished Achievement in Broadcast Journalism.

Recently she was named a Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, an honor that recognizes significant contributions to journalism.

Before joining CNN, she worked at WJAR-TV in Providence, while attending URI. She graduated from the University summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism in 1983.

Amanpour began her CNN career in 1983 as an assistant on the network’s international assignment desk in Atlanta. She has since worked in CNN’s New York and Frankfurt bureaus. She is also a contributor to CBS News’ 60 Minutes, the first reporter ever to broker this kind of dual assignment.

The evening is sponsored by URI’s College of Arts and Sciences. Additional major sponsors for the colloquium include Edward W. Bouclin, The Providence Journal, Theta Chi Fraternity, URI ‘s College of Business Administration, College of the Environment & Life Sciences, College of Human Science & Services, Division of University Advancement, Honors Program, Office of the Provost, and President’s Office. Co-sponsors include URI’s College of Nursing, Multicultural Center; Office of Student Affairs; Partnership on Food, Hunger, and Nutrition; Women’s Center and Women’s Studies Program.