Poynter Fellowship Will Host Talks by Two Noted Journalists

A correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR) and a Turkish news anchor will visit the campus this week as guests of the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

Robert Krulwich of NPR

Robert Krulwich, a correspondent for NPR’s Science Desk, will present a talk titled “Saddam Hussein’s Secret Octopus and Other Tales of Science” on Tuesday, April 20, at 4:30 p.m. in the Whitney Humanities Center auditorium, 53 Wall St. It is free and open to the public.

Krulwich reports on the intersections of science and technology with culture, politics and religion. He co-hosts WNYC’s NPR-distributed scientific documentary series “Radio Lab” with host/producer Jad Abumrad and serves as substitute host on NPR news magazines and talk programs including “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered” and “Talk of the Nation.”

With Ted Koppel, he co-hosted an eight-part prime time series “Brave New World,” which probed the “eight biggest questions facing humankind,” and he co-produced (with Peter Jennings) an animated history of Bosnia for a children’s special.

Krulwich is also a regular correspondent on the PBS investigative series “Frontline,” where he won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for his coverage of campaign finance in the 1992 presidential campaign. His ABC special on Barbie, a cultural history of the world-famous doll, won a national Emmy.

Banu Güven of NTV

On Wednesday, April 21, Banu Güven, news anchor at NTV, will examine Turkish democratization in a talk titled “Turkey: A ‘One Of A Kind’ Democracy and Its ­Challenges.”

The lecture will take place at 4 p.m. in Rm. 129, Sterling Law Building, 127 Wall Street. The event is free and open to the public.

NTV is a Turkish nationwide television news channel that has partnered with MSNBC since May 2000. Güven joined NTV in 1997. After two years of reporting, producing and presenting weekly programs, she was assigned to “Night News.” She was the anchor of the news program “24 Saat” (“24 Hours”) and “24+” from 1999 to 2008. Since 2008, she has hosted the evening news, and also covered major news events on location and conducted exclusive interviews with politicians and artists from around the world.

Güven, who writes a weekly column for Radikal, a daily Turkish language newspaper, also writes articles on political and cultural issues for various monthly magazines.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism brings to campus journalists who have made significant contributions to their field.