American foreign correspondent Nick Schifrin, currently a special correspondent at PBS NewsHour, will be a visiting fellow for the second consecutive year at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service during the 2017-18 academic year.
Schifrin’s first campus visit is scheduled for September 10-11. He will lead one of the year’s first public programs – “Unwrapping the Russian Riddle” – in Sturgis Hall at noon on Monday, September 11 in an event that is free and open to the public.
Schifrin has reported from more than 35 countries. At NewsHour, he has covered foreign affairs from Washington, D.C., and created week-long, in-depth series from Russia, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Ukraine, Cuba, Mexico, and the Baltics. He has also served as the NPR Jerusalem correspondent, the ABC News Afghanistan/Pakistan correspondent, and the Al Jazeera America Middle East Correspondent. He has won Emmy, Overseas Press Club, National Headliners, and Edward R. Murrow awards.
Most recently, Schifrin offered an inside look at Russia and President Vladimir Putin’s influence with the week-long PBS NewsHour series “Inside Putin’s Russia.” Schifrin and producer Zach Fannin traveled to more than a dozen cities and conducted 40 interviews while reporting on Russian identity, propaganda, and opposition, among a range of other topics.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach and mentor the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service’s wonderful students,” Schifrin said. “And I am looking forward to bringing my overseas experience to the classroom, to Little Rock, and to the region.”
“We are excited to have Nick Schifrin back as a visiting fellow for a second year at the Clinton School,” Clinton School Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III said. “His fellowship last year was very successful and popular among the students. We look forward to his special insight and expertise in the classroom again this year.”
Schifrin will visit the Clinton School every six to eight weeks to conduct a year-long student seminar. His time at the Clinton School will include working with faculty and staff while meeting with and mentoring students, both on campus and remotely. In addition to his public program on Sept. 11, he will speak at the Clinton School and other locations on the intersection of United States foreign policy, public diplomacy, and journalism.
Schifrin is a previous guest of the Clinton School Speaker Series. His lecture from March 2016 – “Understanding and Empathy Over Narrow-Mindedness and Fear” – can be viewed online. His interview with Director of Public Programs Nikolai DiPippa for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School, can also be heard online.