Kevin Klose Named Acting President/CEO Of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
January 17, 2013 at 4:34 AM (PT)
The BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS has named former NPR and RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY chief KEVIN KLOSE as Acting President and CEO of RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY while it seeks a permanent replacement for STEVEN KORN, who recently announced his exit. KLOSE, who served as RFE/RL President in 1994-97 before serving as NPR President in 1998-2008, has agreed to rejoin RFE/RL for up to one year, starting JANUARY 26th. He is taking leave from his position as Dean of the journalism college at the UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND while overseeing RFE/RL.
“As a former chief of both NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO and RFE/RL, KEVIN is seasoned at leading broadcasters through critical transitions,” said Presiding Governor MICHAEL LYNTON. “There is no more qualified person to manage this key part of U.S. international broadcasting than KEVIN. We are thrilled that he will return to public service as we implement our media strategy in priority countries from IRAN to RUSSIA and across EURASIA.”
“I am honored to be offered this opportunity and eager to lend a hand,” said KLOSE. “I look forward to re-connecting with many friends in PRAGUE and RUSSIA and to working with the entire RFE/RL team.”
“We are grateful that KEVIN has agreed to take on this task, and we thank UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND President WALLACE LOH for the university’s swift response and flexibility,” said RFE.RL board Chairman DENNIS MULHAUPT. “KEVIN understands well from first-hand experience the special challenge and public trust that RFE/RL represents. I’d like to thank my colleagues for their speedy work in addressing RFE/RL’s interim leadership needs – especially SUSAN MCCUE, the board’s vice-chair, who has spearheaded the effort to recruit KEVIN. We look forward to working with him.”
“KEVIN KLOSE’s deep experience in journalism and international broadcasting is unparalleled for this mission,” added MCCUE. ”His leadership and stable hand will build bridges to the future while ensuring that RFE/RL’s long tradition of journalistic integrity and courageous reporting is honored.”