Feb 3, 2006    #020
Contact: Michelle Hopkins

Direct from the Hot Zone: Class Examines Crisis/War Reporting in Iraq and Elsewhere

Peter Morello, associate professor of communications studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, doesn’t need to surf the Internet to know the dangers and controversy surrounding war reporting. He’s been on the front lines and he will share his unique, first-hand experience in the one-day class, Reporting in Crises and War: Direct from the Hot Zone February 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. in UMKC’s Royall Hall, 800 E. 52nd St.

The session is offered through UMKC’s Communiversity for just $9 and enrollment is limited to the first 25 people. E-mail Morello at for details.

Morello, a former Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) correspondent in Europe, will discuss his experiences related to past and current crises. He witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, revolutions in eastern and central Europe, the collapse of the Soviet Union, war in former Yugoslavia, including Bosnia, and famine and civil war in Somalia.

He will also provide insights into recent controversies, such as the decision by ABC News to send co-anchor Bob Woodruff and photographer Doug Vogt with Iraqi forces, a decision that resulted in the pair’s serious injury when their convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device Jan. 29.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists and cited on, 47 journalists were killed worldwide in 2005 and, as of Dec. 13, 2005, 125 editors, writers and photojournalists were imprisoned around the globe. Some 150 journalists were killed in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined.

Morello is available for media interviews or talk show programs. He will be a guest this Sunday on KMBZ Radio in Kansas City with newsman Bill Grady at 10 a.m.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.


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