UW-Stevens Point: NPR Baghdad correspondent to visit UW-Stevens Point

Kelly McEvers, an award-winning journalist and NPR’s foreign correspondent based in Baghdad, will be a guest lecturer in classes at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from March 29–31. Students in communication, history, international studies and political science classes will benefit from her expertise.

McEvers will present a free public lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, in Room 221 of the Noel Fine Arts Center, 1800 Portage St. In her talk, “In the Time of Revolution: Reporting in the Arab World,” she will discuss her experiences gathering news in Iraq and share her insights on the social and political changes taking place in that important part of the world.

McEvers has covered politics and terrorism in the Middle East, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Cambodia. She has also reported on economic conditions and gang activities in the United States. In addition to her stories for “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” her work has aired on “This American Life” and “Marketplace,” American Public Media’s business and finance show. She was part of a team of reporters for “Marketplace” that produced the award-winning series, “Working.”

She has also filed stories for the BBC World Service and the CBC. McEvers was a metro reporter for the Chicago Tribune and her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Slate, The Village Voice and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is a founder of Six Billion, an online magazine that was a regular feature at Harvard University’s Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism.

McEvers has taught journalism at universities in the U.S. and abroad. She earned her undergraduate degree in English literature and political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her master’s degree at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.

Her visit to UWSP is being sponsored by the Division of Communication with generous help from the Office of the Provost, the deans of the College of Fine Arts & Communication and the College of Letters and Science, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Departments of English, Foreign Languages, Sociology and Social Work, Geology and Geography, Philosophy, Political Science, Art & Design and History.