Renowned Journalist Riz Khan to Deliver Lecture and Broadcast his International Television Show Live from Yale

Riz Khan, award-winning journalist and host of the live, interactive television show “Riz Khan”, will visit Yale as a guest of the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism, and deliver the Gary G. Fryer Memorial Lecture at Yale on Monday, April 7.

Khan will discuss “Al Jazeera, Islam, Stereotypes and Who Is the Enemy?” at 4 p.m. in the lecture hall on the first floor of the Yale Center for British Art at 1080 Chapel St. The event is free and open to the public.

Also on April 7, his live show “Riz Khan” will feature a discussion about the stigma of obesity with guest Dr. Rebecca Puhl, Director of Research and Anti-Stigma Initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University. You can view episodes of “Riz Khan” online.

“Riz Khan” airs live on Al Jazeera’s 24-hour English language news channel.  The show, which reaches over 80 million households around the world, is broadcast during prime time in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the United States.  Khan’s flagship show offers in-depth discussion on the worlds of politics, social issues and entertainment.

Riz Khan was a presenter and reporter for the BBC for eight years and co-hosted the first news bulletin to launch BBC World Service News Television in 1991. In May 1993, Khan joined CNN International, where he hosted his interactive show, “Q&A with Riz Khan” and was a senior anchor for the network’s global news shows and special events, including the award-winning live coverage of the Islamic pilgrimage known as the Hajj.

The Fryer Memorial Lecture commemorates Gary G. Fryer, who served as Director of Public Affairs and Special Assistant to Yale President Richard C. Levin, and directed the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale from 1994 until 1997.  The lecture in his honor focuses on the ethical responsibilities of individuals involved in government, higher education and communications.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale, which sponsors the Fryer Lecture, was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists who have made significant contributions to their field. Recent Poynter fellows include David Brooks, Al Franken, Tom Friedman, Charlie Rose, Margaret Warner, Judy Woodruff and Bob Woodward.

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