May 3, 2004
National Public Radios European correspondent
Sylvia Poggioli to give lecture
By Scott Rappaport
As senior European correspondent for National Public Radios Foreign
Desk, Sylvia Poggioli has covered news from hot spots around the globe
for more than two decades. Whether reporting from Rome, the Balkans,
or the Middle East, Poggioli provides expert analysis on NPRs
award-winning programs Morning Edition, All Things Considered,
and Weekend Edition.
Sylvia Poggioli was elected in 1994 as a fellow of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences for her distinctive, cultivated
and authoritative reports on ethnic cleansing in Bosnia."
On Wednesday, May 12, Poggioli will present a free public lecture
titled TransAtlantic Tensions: The Growing Divide at 7:30
p.m. at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz (1205 Soquel Avenue).
She will appear as part of the University of California Regents
Lecturers Program, which brings distinguished professionals from nonacademic
fields to the campus in an effort to broaden the educational experience
of students. Poggioli will participate in seminars, colloquia, and informal
consultations with students and faculty during a weeklong residency
Since she began working for NPR in 1982 as a freelance reporter from
Rome, Poggioli has reported on events ranging from the fall of communism
in Eastern Europe and the civil war in Yugoslavia, to the Gulf War in
the Middle East. She has received numerous awards for her work, including
the George Foster Peabody Award for reporting on the conflict in Bosnia
(1993), and the duPont-Columbia Award for NPRs coverage of the
Gulf War (1992).
In 1994, Poggioli was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences for her distinctive, cultivated and authoritative
reports on ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. She also received
the Emma Award that year from the Congressional Womens Caucus/Radcliffe
College for reporting on rape victims in Bosnia, and the Silver Angel
Excellence in Media Award the following year for her coverage of religious
relations in Sarajevo.
The daughter of Italian antifascists who fled Italy in the Mussolini
era, Poggioli grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and graduated from
Harvard in 1968 with a bachelors degree in romance languages and
literature. She began her journalism career in Rome with the English
language service of the Ansa news agency, where she served as an editor
from 1971 to 1986. Prior to that, Poggioli was active in womens
film and theater groups and worked at the Festival of Two Worlds in
In 1990, Poggioli spent an academic year as a research fellow at Harvard
Universitys Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at
the Kennedy School of Government. In early 1991, she supplemented NPRs
Gulf War coverage, reporting from London on European reactions to events
surrounding the war.
Poggioli was part of the NPR team that won the 2000 Overseas Press
Club award for coverage of NATOs 1999 air war against Yugoslavia.
In 2000, she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from
Brandeis University, and in 2002, the Welles Hangen Award for Superior
Achievement in Journalism from Brown University.
Poggiolis lecture is sponsored by UCSCs Office of the Chancellor;
the Committee on Regents Professors and Lecturers; the Department
of Literature; the Division of Humanities; the Institute for Advanced
Feminist Research; the Institute for Humanities Research; the Center
for Justice, Tolerance, and Community; the Center for Cultural Studies;
the Department of History; and radio stations KZSC, KUSP, and KAZU.
For more information, contact Pam Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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