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Howard Berkes & Andrea DeLeon: Rural America
Start Date: 9/26/2013Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Date: 9/26/2013End Time: 4:00 PM
Event Description
National Public Radio correspondents Howard Berkes and Andrea DeLeon provide perspective on the state of rural America in this kick-off to the Humanities Visiting Lecture Series.

Howard Berkes has been NPR's rural affairs correspondent since March 2003 focusing on the politics, economics, and culture of rural America.

Based in Salt Lake City, Berkes reports on stories that are often unique to non-urban communities or provide a rural perspective on major issues and events. In 2005, he was part of the NPR reporting team that covered Hurricane Katrina and in 2010, he reported from West Virginia on the disaster at the Upper Big Branch mine. Berkes’ reporting also includes the impact of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on military families and service men and women from rural America. During multiple presidential and congressional campaigns, Berkes has covered the impact of rural voters on those races.

Andrea DeLeon, NPR Northeast Bureau Chief, brings in pieces for all of NPR's daily news programs: Morning Edition, Day to Day, and All Things Considered. She works with freelance and station reporters from 11 states calling out to reporters looking for stories and handling pitches. DeLeon also provides training for reporters.

Before joining NPR in 1999 DeLeon was the News Director at Maine Public Radio and a frequent contributor to the NPR news magazines. Though DeLeon works for NPR now, she still works out of her house in Maine. Perhaps it was the squawking chickens in the background that convinced NPR that she should be the editor for the network's rural beat.

Co-sponsored by NEPR.net. New England Public Radio is a premier public broadcasting organization that delivers exceptional news, information, music, and cultural programming on air and online. New England Public Radio combines the best of NPR, other national public programming, and signature local programming to serve to listeners in New England and beyond. Tune to New England Public Radio at 88.5FM WFCR and in the Berkshires at: 101.1FM (North Adams), 98.7FM (Great Barrington), 98.3FM (Lee), 106.1FM (Pittsfield/Lenox), and 96.3FM (Williamstown) and The NEPR News Network at AM 640, 91.7 FM in Franklin County and 89.5 FM in Southern Berkshire County.
Location Information:
Main Campus - Main Building - North Wing
Room: Stinchfield Lecture Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Leo Hwang
Phone: 413-775-1221
Email: hwang@gcc.mass.edu
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