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Award-winning reporter Marvin Kalb to speak at USF

The host of the George Washington College sponsored program The Kalb Report will speak about the experience he had being Peter the Great during his time in Russia in 1956.

TAMPA, Fla. (March 5, 2018) – Marvin Kalb, host of The Kalb Report and senior adviser at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, is coming to the University of South Florida to speak with students about the lessons he learned and experiences gained as a young diplomatic attaché in Russia back in 1956. The event will be starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. It will be held in the USF Alumni Center’s Traditions Hall.

Kalb, throughout his entire career, has written and coauthored a number of well-respected nonfiction books including “Dragon in the Kremlin” and “One Scandalous Story,” as well as having written two best-selling novels, “In the National Interest” and “The Last Ambassador.” His latest novel, appropriately titled “The Year I was Peter the Great,” reflects on his time in Russia three years after the passing of Joseph Stalin. A memoir that shows the tumultuous year would prove to be a foreshadowing of the ultimate fall of the Soviet Union.

From listening to Russian students speak of their distastes for communism to meeting Khrushchev himself, who also gave Kalb the nickname Peter the Great, Kalb will explain his veteran knowledge of understanding the most troublesome parts of the world.

Kalb is an award-winning reporter with 30 years of experience for networks CBS and NBC. He is part of a second generation of a select group of reporters known as the “Murrow Boys,” close professional and personal associates of legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow. On the other side of the spectrum, he was listed on President Richard Nixon’s “enemies list,” a series of names of the former president’s political opponents. During his time at NBC, he served as chief diplomatic correspondent and host of Meet the Press. He formerly was a news analyst with Fox News, and is now a contributor to National Public Radio and America Abroad.

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening for the public at 6:30 p.m.. Tickets are priced at $35 each or $65 per pair of tickets. The event will also include a dinner followed by a book signing. Please RSVP at

The event will be hosted by the USF Institute on Russia with the USF College of Arts and Sciences. The lecture will be in the USF Alumni Center, Traditions Hall: 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620. For reasonable accommodations, email

This mission of the new USF Institute on Russia is to advance knowledge and understanding of Russia in a global and historical context. The Institute’s focus includes politics and history, business and trade, science and medicine, as well as culture, sports and the arts.


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Author:Christina Goldstein