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Kevin Klose

(Former) President and Chief Executive Officer, RFE/RL

Kevin Klose became President and CEO of RFE/RL, Inc. on September 3, 2013, after having served as Acting President and CEO beginning in January 2013.

A former editor, and national and foreign correspondent with The Washington Post, Klose is an award-winning author and worldwide broadcasting executive. He served most recently as dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland from April 2009 to July 2012. Klose remains a tenured professor at the journalism college, and will be on leave from his faculty position while at RFE/RL.

Klose joined the Merrill College from his post as president emeritus of National Public Radio, where he served as president from 1998 to 2008. Prior to joining NPR, Klose was director of the International Broadcasting Bureau at the U.S. Information Agency from 1997 to 1998 and president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) from 1994 to 1997. As president, he relocated RFE/RL from Munich to Prague. He joined RFE/RL in 1992 as director of Radio Liberty, broadcasting to the former Soviet Union in its national languages.

Klose previously was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for 25 years, serving as city editor, Moscow bureau chief, Midwest correspondent and deputy national editor.

Klose received a B.A., cum laude, from Harvard. A former Woodrow Wilson National Fellow, he is the author of Russia and the Russians: Inside the Closed Society, the winner of the Overseas Press Club’s “Cornelius Ryan Award” and is co-author of four other books.