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September 30, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT: Nick Massella
(202) 994-3087; massella@gwu.edu
TICKETS: Matt Saunders
(202) 994-6463; matt1@gwmail.gwu.edu

AMERICAN SPORTSCASTING ICON BOB COSTAS JOINS MARVIN KALB FOR A "PLAY BY PLAY" OF HITS, MISSES, AND THE BOTTOM LINE
OCT. 13, 2008; 8 P.M.

62nd Forum in Highly Acclaimed Kalb Report Series Underwritten by Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation

WASHINGTON - Bob Costas, NBC and HBO sports broadcaster, will join moderator Marvin Kalb for a wide-ranging discussion of hits, misses, and the bottom line on The Kalb Report, Monday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. The forum will take place in the Main Ballroom of the National Press Club, located on the 13th floor of the National Press Building at 14th and F streets, NW. The Kalb Report is produced jointly by The George Washington University Global Media Institute, Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center, and the National Press Club. The series is underwritten by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

"I love sports. Bob Costas loves sports.  I can't wait for the talking about sports to begin, everything you've ever wanted to know about sports, from the guy who probably knows more about it than anyone else," said Marvin Kalb, James Clark Welling Presidential Fellow at The George Washington University and moderator of the series.

Costas has covered every major sport as a journalist, but is perhaps best known for his work with the Olympics and baseball. He has anchored NBC's primetime coverage of the last five summer Olympics and also hosted the previous two winter Olympics. In addition, Costas has been involved in the coverage of major sporting events from the World Series to the Super Bowl.  He currently hosts the topical sports series Costas Now on HBO.  Costas also has written several books, including New York Times bestseller Fair Ball: A Fan's Case for Baseball in 2001. His numerous honors include 19 Emmys and eight "National Sportscaster of the Year" awards.

Over the course of his own distinguished 30-year career in broadcast journalism, Marvin Kalb served as chief diplomatic correspondent for CBS and NBC News and as moderator of Meet the Press. He went on to become the founding director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He is a contributing news analyst on FOX News Channel and National Public Radio and frequently is called upon to comment on major issues of the day by the nation's other leading news organizations. Among his many honors are two Peabody Awards, the DuPont Prize from Columbia University, and more than a half-dozen Overseas Press Club Awards. In 2006, Kalb was the recipient of The National Press Club's Fourth Estate Award, the organization's highest honor. 

The Kalb Report is produced at the National Press Club before audiences comprising several hundred college students and industry professionals. The series is distributed to public television stations nationwide by Oklahoma Educational Television Authority and American Public Television and also airs on New England Cable News.   

The executive producer of The Kalb Report series is Michael Freedman, vice president for communications, executive director of the GW Global Media Institute, and professor of media and public affairs at The George Washington University. The director of the series is Robert Vitarelli, a 39-year CBS News veteran. The producer is Heather Date, a GW alumna and former CNN producer. The associate producer is GW graduate student Matt Saunders.  

The George Washington University, Harvard, and the National Press Club have produced 61 Kalb Report forums since 1994.  Guests have included Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour, Walter Cronkite, Jim Lehrer, U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, FOX News Chairman Roger Ailes, Nobel Prize winner Eli Wiesel, and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.

Free tickets for the October 13 Kalb Report are available at the GW TicketMaster on the Ground Floor of the Marvin Center (800 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C.) or online at kalb.gwu.edu.

Media covering the event may contact Nick Massella at (202) 994-3087 or massella@gwu.edu.

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