WRITER: ABBY GARLAND
CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Feb. 24, 2000
National Public Radio hosts to speak at the UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Neal Conan, correspondent and host of National Public
Radio's (NPR) "Weekly Edition: The Best of NPR News," and Liane
Hansen, host of NPR's "Weekend Edition Sunday," will be speaking
at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 in the Buchanan Auditorium of the John Pappajohn
Conan and Hansen, who were married in 1982, will share their perspectives
about covering world news from a public radio perspective. This WSUI's Spring
2000 Friends' Event is co-sponsored by the Friends of WSUI/KSUI and the University
of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The event is free and
open to the public.
Beginning in 1983, Conan spent four years serving as senior editor of NPR's
London Bureau In 1987 Conan transferred to NPR's New York Bureau to serve
as a foreign correspondent. Later that year, he covered U.S. military operations
in the Persian Gulf. Conan worked as managing editor, and national security
correspondent, executive producer, and he has recently served as acting senior
editor on the foreign desk and as interim host of "Morning Edition"
and "Weekend Edition" on Saturdays.
In 1991, Conan became a defense correspondent and was sent to Saudi Arabia
and later to Kuwait to cover the Persian Gulf War. During this assignment,
Conan was one of three dozen journalists held hostage in Iraq by the Republican
Guard. He was released unharmed and returned to the United States in March
Conan designed NPR's Gulf War coverage plan and played a critical role in
carrying out that plan, often anchoring NPR's live coverage of Pentagon briefings
and co-hosting afternoon panel discussion/call-in programs. Conan was part
of the NPR team that won a 1992 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award
for coverage of the Gulf War.
Hansen came to NPR as a production assistant for "All Things Considered"
in 1979 where she met Conan. Hansen hosted "Weekend All Things Considered"
from 1980 to 1981, and also hosted "Performance Today" on NPR. In
the mid-'80s, Hansen worked as an archivist in London, England at the Maybox
Theaters. In 1988, Hansen was a regular guest host for NPR's newsmagazines,
"Weekend All Things Considered," "Weekend Edition Sunday,"
and "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross.
For more information about this event, contact Friends of WSUI/KSUI at (319)