For over 20 years, Minnesota Public Radio's Broadcast Journalist Series commissions journalists and correspondents for a 24-hour residency four times a year, 2 in the fall and 2 in the spring this season. While here they share insights on their craft as well as on people and events. Hosted by MPR's Tom Weber, all events take place at the University of St. Thomas O'Shaughnessy Education Center with a breakfast the following morning at the Minneapolis Club. Tickets will be free and ready to be reserved starting August 11th to MPR Members and to general public on August 13th.

This season, learn firsthand from some of the world's finest female journalists and correspondents. MPR News' Tom Weber will host these talented women for conversations about their careers, their craft and their take on world events.

Samia Nakhoul

October 19, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
St Thomas O'Shaughnessy Education Center

Samia NakhoulOn October 19, we'll welcome Reuters Middle East Editor Samia Nakhoul, who began her now 30-year career covering the civil war in her native Lebanon. She's since reported on the Gulf War, the first Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon, and 2003's U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, as well as Arab uprisings, the Syrian civil war, and the fall of Mosul.

Samia Nakhoul has reported from the Middle East for almost 30 years. Samia began her career reporting on the civil war in her native Lebanon in the 1980s and has covered the Gulf War of 1990-91, the Egyptian Islamist insurgency against Hosni Mubarak in the 1990s, the first Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000 and the U.S-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. She also led the coverage of popular Arab uprisings, the toppling of four Arab presidents, the Syrian civil war and the fall of Mosul, Iraq's second major city to Islamic State.

As Gulf Bureau Chief she reported from Baghdad throughout the U.S-led invasion of Iraq. While covering the war she was severely wounded when an American tank shell hit the Palestine Hotel, headquarters of the international press, and had to undergo brain surgery.

Samia won Reuters scoop of the year for breaking the news that former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was captured with his son and then later killed. Her special report on the secret plan to take Tripoli was recognized as a finalist in the Pultizers that year. It told the inside story of the insurrection, the role of outside powers and the intelligence work that crippled the regime of Gaddafi and led to his collapse.

From Cairo, Nakhoul accompanied Yasser Arafat on his return to Gaza in 1994 after 42 years in exile.

Her exclusive report from Egypt in 1992 on an Islamist state-within-a-state in the giant Cairo slum of Imbaba won international acclaim. This was a story the Egyptian government vigorously denied before eventually sending 25,000 troops to dismantle it.

Samia was awarded the Chevalier dans l'Ordre national du Mérite, one of France's highest honors, for her venerable career covering the Middle East, the world's most trouble region. Along the way, she has picked up a number of distinguished journalism awards for her work, including a Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women's Media Foundation, the International Council for Press and Broadcasting's Peace Through Media award, among others. In 2015 she was the recipient of the Reuters Baron Award which recognizes an individual who exemplifies Reuters tradition of integrity, journalistic excellence, personal courage and expertise.

Samia has a degree in International Affairs from Beirut University College.

Kat Chow

November 2, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
St Thomas O'Shaughnessy Education Center

Kat ChowOn November 2, we'll speak with Kat Chow, who covers the frontiers of race, ethnicity and culture for NPR's Code Switch. She blogs, tells stories via social media, and sparks conversations online. Prior to NPR, Chow worked with WGBH in Boston and was a reporting fellow for Cambodia Daily, an English language newspaper in Phnom Penh.

Kat Chow is a journalist covering race, ethnicity, and culture for NPR's new Code Switch team. In this role, Chow is responsible for reporting and telling stories using social media, sparking conversations online, and blogging.

While a student at the University of Washington in Seattle, Chow was a founding member of a newsmagazine television show and freelanced for the Seattle Weekly. She also interned with the Seattle Times and worked on NBC's Winter Olympics coverage in Vancouver, B.C. You can find her tweeting away for Code Switch at@NPRCodeSwitch, and sharing her thoughts at @katchow.


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Event Parking

St. Thomas invites guests attending this event to park in the Anderson Parking Facility. The Anderson Parking Facility is a two-block walk to the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center. Please enter the Anderson Parking Facility at the southwest corner of Cretin and Grand avenues. For specific driving and parking directions to campus, refer to the available map on this page. The cost for hourly parking in the ramp is $1.50/hr before 4:00 pm and $1.00/hr after 4:00 pm. To avoid being ticketed, guests should not park in campus surface lots that require permits including the one adjacent to OEC Auditorium, or on streets around campus, which require city permits.


Tom Weber Tom Weber is host of MPR News with Tom Weber, which is heard weekdays at 11am. The show focuses on all things Minnesota, from the latest headlines to the long-standing issues that define the state, to the quirky people who make this an interesting place to live. Tom joined MPR News in January 2008, serving as a general assignment reporter and as an award-winning education reporter before joining the newly created weekday news talk show The Daily Circuit as a co-host in 2012. He became host of MPR News with Tom Weber in late 2014. Weber also hosts several MPR news live events, including the Broadcast Journalist Series at the University of St. Thomas. Before moving to Minnesota, the Chicago native was a morning news anchor and reporter for KWMU St. Louis Public Radio for more than five years. He is the author of the travel book 100 Things to do in the Twin Cities Before You Die.

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