Outside Learning: Elizabeth Coulton

Elizabeth Colton, award winning Foreign Correspondent, Diplomat, Campaign Consultant, and expert on Middle Eastern issues, will be speaking on campus Monday, Nov. 5 at 11:15-12:05 in the Miller Learning Center, Room 250. Her talk will be on “Media Challenges and Conflicts in Serving the Public Interest,” a look at the intrinsic conflicts and potential resolutions for the competing demands of public service and private enterprise in journalism. Dr. Colton will draw upon her international experiences and examine current election and storm coverage.

Dr. Colton is an Emmy award-winning journalist, who has covered U.S. foreign policy and major world news for NBC and ABC, Newsweek, NPR, Asiaweek and the Far Eastern Economic Review, among others media organizations. She also has served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with assignments as the spokesperson/press attache in frontline posts in Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, and Algeria, as well as diplomatic tours in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. She was chief of staff in the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans, Environment & Science, during which tour she worked as a chief organizer for a global conference on Antarctica and the Arctic. Her experience also includes service as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya and as a United Nations international development planner in New York.

Her many honors include numerous awards for outstanding reporting, as well as multiple awards for outstanding accomplishments as a Foreign-Service Officer. She has been a Knight International Journalism Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, and a MacArthur Gobalization Fellow. She currently is President and CEO of EO Colton & Associates, a consulting firm, and serves as a board member of Reporters Without Borders. Dr. Colton received her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics & Political Science in 1995.

A 200-300 word write-up is due within 24 hours via email.

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