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Brian Duffy, Managing Editor of NPR News, to Speak at W&L

— by on March 5th, 2008

Brian Duffy, managing editor for NPR News, will be the keynote speaker for Washington and Lee University’s 45th Institute of Ethics in Journalism on Friday, March 14, at 5 p.m. in Lee Chapel. He is responsible for directing the daily editorial process and overseeing all aspects of NPR’s news coverage.

The title of Duffy’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “All Shook Up: Divining a Brighter Future for News.”

Before coming to NPR, Duffy spent much of the previous two decades reporting for or leading the reporting at U.S. News and World Report. From 2000-2007, he was the editor, directing an editorial staff of 125 reporters, writers, editors and photographs to produce a daily news and information Web site and the weekly magazine. In that role, Duffy managed a team of investigative reporters on projects that won more than a dozen major journalism awards, introduced signature new features and special coverage to the print and online news service and directed the overhaul of the magazine’s Web site.

Before that, Duffy worked as national editor at U.S. News, supervising coverage of presidential and congressional elections, major breaking news stories and investigative reporting projects.

As a journalist, Duffy has significant national and international reporting experience from such places as the Middle East, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Haiti, Europe and Southern Africa. His investigation about the finances of the PLO won an Overseas Press Club (OPC) award. He has also received OPC awards for a book on the first Gulf War and reporting on organized crime in Russia following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Duffy worked at both the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal as the investigations editor, supervising and editing major investigative projects. He’s the author of books on the FBI, the Justice Department and the Lockerbie investigation.

Duffy is a graduate of Fairfield University and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.