Emmy Award-Winning News Documentary Filmmaker to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan University

Kira Kay to Discuss Burma at Nov. 13 Lyman Lecture on International Studies
Kira Kay

Kira Kay

DELAWARE, Ohio – Kira Kay, an Emmy Award-winning news documentary filmmaker, will discuss “Fault Lines of Faith: Reporting from the ‘New’ Burma and Beyond” when she delivers Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2013 Corinne Lyman Lecture on International Studies.

Kay will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Benes Rooms inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The event is free and open to the public.

Kay earned the 2008 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award in International Journalism for her reporting on the war in Northern Uganda and won an Emmy Award for her story on the impact of the rise of the global middle class in India.

Currently, she is the executive director of the Bureau for International Reporting, a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing and providing international television news programming to an American audience.

Kay has covered United Nations peacekeeping in the Congo for “NOW” on PBS, reported on U.S. military actions in Africa for “Dan Rather Reports,” explored the plight of Iraqi refugees in Jordan for “Wide Angle” on PBS, and served as correspondent for a PBS “NewsHour” story on the start of the Khmer Rouge tribunals in Cambodia.

In 2005, she consulted for The New York Times on its official submission to the PBS “America at a Crossroads” series, “Indonesia: Struggle for the Soul of Islam.” In 2004, she was nominated for an Emmy for her coverage of the Darfur crisis for “60 Minutes” on CBS, and in 2002 was one of only a handful of American journalists allowed access to the war-torn province of Aceh, Indonesia.

With an extensive background in international news reporting, Kay began her career at ABC News. She holds a master’s degree in international public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the U.S.-Japan Foundation Leadership Program.

Kay’s Ohio Wesleyan presentation is sponsored by the International Studies Program through the Corinne Lyman Lecture Series on International Studies. The lecture series honors Lyman, Ph.D., a retired professor of politics and government who was instrumental in creating Ohio Wesleyan’s International Studies Program in 1979. She served as the program chair until her retirement in 1999.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,850 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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