WBOI Presents: A Conversation With NPR's Kelly McEvers

Aug 29, 2014

Kelly McEvers speaks to WBOI listeners during her visit to Fort Wayne.
Credit Peter Dominowski / for WBOI News

In late August, 89.1 WBOI was honored to play host to NPR correspondent Kelly McEvers, who gave a lecture at the Manchester University College of Pharmacy.

McEvers was a foreign correspondent for many years, reporting from the likes of Cambodia, Indonesia, and most recently, the Middle East. After being stationed in Iraq, she was sent to cover the Arab Spring, as citizens across the region attempted to topple dictators who had long held power in their respective countries.

Her 2012 coverage of the Syrian conflict made her one of the only voices reporting from inside the country at that time and garnered some of the highest honors in journalism, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and a Peabody Award.

Since she returned to the U.S., she's covered a range of domestic issues for NPR and has guest-hosted some of the network's flagship programs.

While she was in Fort Wayne, she agreed to sit for an hour-long interview with WBOI's Sean Bueter, discussing everything from the start of her journalism career, to her experiences in Syria, to her thoughts on the rise of ISIS and the execution of American journalist James Foley.

WBOI Presents can be heard Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. on 89.1 WBOI.

And to hear more about McEvers' experiences as a conflict reporter, check out Diary of a Bad Year: A War Correspondent's Dilemma.