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karenattiahThe American University of Nigeria, AUN, will between October 11 and 15 host Karen Attiah, a Deputy Editor at The Washington Post. Attiah is renowned for her incisive opinion articles on African politics, human rights, race, culture and development.

According to an itinerary jointly released by AUN President Dr. Margee Ensign and Chair of the Communications and Multimedia Design (CMD) program Dr Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob, Attiah will speak at the AUN’s Distinguished Journalists’ Lecture Series on the topic, “Nigeria, after Boko Haram”. The lecture series is aimed at transforming journalism practice in Nigeria.

Attiah, a former consultant with the World Bank on social media for the Africa Region, is also scheduled to teach Journalism and Photojournalism classes in CMD during her visit.

 She will also meet with a section of female students at AUN as well as beneficiaries of AUN’s community development and sustainability programs.  

Attiah, a Ghanaian-American, has previously reported for Associated Press and contributed to Freedom House as an Africa analyst for their annual Freedom of the Press reports. The former Fulbright scholar holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Northwestern University in Illinois and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, SIPA, with a concentration in Human Rights and a specialization in International Media, Advocacy and Communications.

The vastly experienced Journalist, who has written for Huffington Post, The Haitian Times, Columbia University’s Morningside Post, and other reputable media organizations, will hold a career talk at AUN entitled “So you want to be a Journalist”. She will also visit IDP camps in Adamawa state.   

The Washington Post, founded in 1877 is one of the most authoritative broadsheets in the US, and has won 47 Pulitzer prizes. The newspaper’s journalists have received 18 Nieman Fellowships and 368 White House News Photographers Association Awards. The newspaper is globally renowned for the quality of its investigative journalism. It would be recalled that reporters at The Washington Post investigated and uncovered the infamous Watergate scandal, leading to the resignation of US President Richard Nixon.