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A former editor, and national and foreign correspondent with The Washington Post, Klose is an award-winning author and worldwide broadcasting executive. He is now a tenured professor after serving as dean of the Merrill College from April 2009 to July 2012. He came to Merrill from his post as president emeritus of National Public Radio, where he served as president from 1998 to 2008. Klose served as President and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty from 2012 to 2014. He is currently on sabbatical and will return to the Merrill College in the Fall of 2015.
Prior to joining NPR, Klose served successively as director of U.S. international broadcasting, overseeing the U.S. Government's global radio and television news services (1997-98) and president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), broadcasting to Central Europe and the former Soviet Union (1994-97). He joined RFE/RL in 1992 as director of Radio Liberty, broadcasting to the former Soviet Union in its national languages. Among his achievements, he relocated RFE/RL from Munich to Prague and helped devise and implement a strategy to refocus the mission of all U.S.-funded international broadcasting and update operations.
Klose previously was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for 25 years, serving as city editor, Moscow bureau chief, Midwest correspondent and deputy national editor.
Klose received a B.A., cum laude, from Harvard. A former Woodrow Wilson National Fellow, he is the author of Russia and the Russians: Inside the Closed Society, the winner of the Overseas Press Club's “Cornelius Ryan Award” and is co-author of four other books.