The Kalb Report: Why Murrow (Still) Matters in the Digital Age

Event will be held on Monday, March 23, 8 p.m., at the National Press Club

We live in an age when people “read CNN” and “watch the Wall Street Journal.” As venerable news organizations transform themselves to survive and thrive in a digital world, new competitors are attracting huge audiences, unencumbered by old infrastructures and empowered by technology.

This dynamic is driving innovation in the way news is gathered, sorted, reported, and consumed. Not since Edward R. Murrow invented broadcast news during World II has the world seen such a dramatic change in journalism. Murrow also established a standard of quality that has withstood the test of time.

On this edition of The Kalb Report, moderator Marvin Kalb explores how today’s newsrooms can innovate while maintaining quality. Guests include CNN Senior Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist; BuzzFeed White House Reporter Evan McMorris-Santoro; Jon Sawyer, director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; and Gabriella Stern, deputy managing editor of the Wall Street Journal.

The Kalb Report will take place on Monday, March 23, at 8 p.m. ET, in the main ballroom of the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, in Washington, D.C.

The Kalb Report series is co-produced by The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, University of Maryland University College, and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

For the 12th consecutive year, the series is underwritten by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Since 1994, the partnership has produced 86 forums with guests including Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Walter Cronkite, Rupert Murdoch, Diane Sawyer, Roger Ailes, Katie Couric, Bill O’Reilly, Bob Costas, Hillary Clinton, Ken Burns, and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel. In 2012, The Kalb Report was honored with the overall Grand Award in the New York Festivals International Radio Awards competition.

The Kalb Report series is distributed nationally by American Public Television. Oklahoma Educational Television Authority serves as the presenting station. The Kalb Report also airs on the public radio channels of Sirius—XM Satellite Radio, Federal News Radio in Washington, D.C. (1500 AM), District of Columbia Cable Television, University of Maryland Cable Television, and NewsChannel 8 in Washington, D.C. Each program is also streamed live on kalb.gwu.edu.

Moderator Marvin Kalb is Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a senior advisor to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Over the course of his distinguished 30-year career in broadcast journalism, Mr. Kalb served as chief diplomatic correspondent for both CBS News and NBC News and moderator of Meet the Press. He went on to serve as the founding director of Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Among his many honors are two Peabody Awards, the DuPont Prize from Columbia University, the 2006 Fourth Estate Award from the National Press Club and more than a half-dozen Overseas Press Club awards. Mr. Kalb has authored or co-authored 13 nonfiction books and two best-selling novels. His latest book is The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed.

Executive Producer Michael Freedman is a senior vice president and professor of the practice at University of Maryland University College, as well as a professorial lecturer in journalism at the George Washington University. Mr. Freedman is the former general manager of CBS Radio Network News and former managing editor for the broadcast division of United Press International. He is the recipient of more than 85 honors for journalistic excellence including 14 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Senior Producer Heather Date is an associate vice president at University of Maryland University College and a former CNN producer. She is the recipient of the Alliance for Women in Media’s 2011 Gracie Award for Outstanding Producer of a News Program for her work on The Kalb Report.

Web Editor Bryan Kane is a 2014 graduate of the George Washington University.

The Kalb Report series is directed by Robert Vitarelli, a 39-year CBS News veteran and a Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award winner.