Public Radio's Deborah Amos to speak here March 24

Deborah Amos, a longtime foreign correspondent who covers Iraq for National Public Radio, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, in the auditorium of O'Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Amos will discuss her new book, Eclipse of the Sunnis, with Stephen Smith of American RadioWorks. The book examines the effect the Iraq War has had on the 4 million Sunnis displaced by the downfall of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Amos’ book will be available for purchase during the event.  She will take part in a book-signing immediately following the program in the first-floor atrium of O'Shaughnessy Educational Center.

Deborah Amos

Deborah Amos

The lecture is the third installment of Minnesota Public Radio's Broadcast Journalist Series and is co-sponsored by St. Thomas' College of Arts and Sciences and the Communication and Journalism Department. The talk is free but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Bibelot Shops. More information about the talk is available at this Minnesota Public Radio Web site.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Amos is the author of the 1992 Lines in the Sand: Desert Storm and the Remaking of the Arab World and the recently published Eclipse of the Sunnis: Power, Exile and Upheaval in the Middle East.

Amos holds a degree in broadcasting from the University of Florida and joined NPR in 1977.  She has been a foreign correspondent based in Amman, Jordan, and NPR's London bureau chief.  She spent a decade in television news, reporting for ABC's "Nightline" and "World News Tonight" and the PBC programs "Now with Bill Moyers" and "Frontline."  Amos has won several awards, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. She spent 1991-92 as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Minnesota Public Radio's Broadcast Journalist Series, now in its 13th year, commissions renowned public-broadcasting journalists for a 24-hour residency four times a year. They share insights on their craft and issues that affect our world.

The fourth and final speaker in the series will be Dina Temple-Raston, the counterterrorism correspondent for National Public Radio. She will speak at St. Thomas at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14.