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NPR’s Peabody Award Winning Correspondent Arun Rath Announced as Reed College’s 103rd Commencement Speaker


Reed College’s commencement ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 15, 2017, beginning at 11 a.m. on the college’s south lawn.


Portland, Ore (April 17, 2017)—Reed College announces that award-winning NPR correspondent and Reed alumnus Arun Rath will be the keynote speaker at the college’s 103rd annual commencement ceremony. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will take place on Monday, May 15, on Reed’s Great Lawn at 11 a.m.

A 1992 graduate of Reed, Rath is an NPR News host and shared correspondent with WGBH in Boston. He began his journalism career as an intern with NPR’s Talk of the Nation, eventually joining the staff and becoming the show's director after working on several NPR News programs during the 1990s. In 2000, he was tasked with re-booting On the Media, which ultimately tripled its audience and won a Peabody Award.

Rath spent 2005 as senior editor at the culture and arts show Studio 360. He moved to television in 2005 to produce documentaries and manage radio partnerships for Frontline while continuing to report on culture and music for the PBS series Sound Tracks. At Frontline and The World, Rath specialized in national security and military justice. He reported and produced four films for Frontline, including an Emmy-nominated investigation of the Haditha Incident in Iraq, in which a group of United States Marines killed 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians.

Rath also covered the Chelsea Manning court martial for espionage and has made numerous trips to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to cover the military commission prosecuting 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. From 2013 to 2015, Rath was the weekend host of NPR’s All Things Considered. His Frontline documentary about a recently released detainee and the untold history of Guantanamo Bay, Out of Gitmo, aired in February.

For more information visit the 2017 Commencement Highlights page.