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Former news correspondent to the UN to speak on "Iraq and the U.S."

February 26, 2003

A longtime reporter/producer to the United Nations will be covering well-known territory during his upcoming talk at Austin Peay.

Tom Osborne will discuss Iraq and the United States at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 5 in the concert hall of the music/mass communication building. His talk is free and open to the public.
February 26, 2003

A longtime reporter/producer to the United Nations will be covering well-known territory during his upcoming talk at Austin Peay.

Tom Osborne will discuss “Iraq and the United States” at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 5 in the concert hall of the music/mass communication building. His talk is free and open to the public.

Osborne was assigned as the ABC reporter and producer to the United Nations in 1990 just prior to the Gulf War. He covered the UN for “ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings,” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline” and “20/20,” with editorial oversight for various primetime news specials and general coverage of the UN for ABC News through 2000.

In 1992, Osborne was elected president of the UN Correspondents Association. As such, he inaugurated and chaired the 1992 series of international press conferences on “The UN in the Post Cold War Era.”

These high-profile press conferences, convened at UN headquarters in New York City, provided a forum for international journalists, members of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretariat to discuss UN Security Council reform and transparencyan issue under intense scrutiny in the wake of the United Nations' involvement in conflicts in the Iraq/Gulf War and the impending crises in the former Yugoslavia.

Prior to his UN assignment, Osborne covered the northeastern United States for ABC News, New York Bureau.

Before joining ABC in 1987, he was the United States director of the Amsterdam-based Anne Frank Foundation where he supervised the international tour of the foundation's archival photographic exhibition, titled “Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945.”

He also inaugurated the United States tour of that exhibition, opening it in 18 cities nationwide. Additionally, he initiated the Anne Frank Award for Human Rights in the United States, which has become an annual award.

Born in Akron, Ohio, Osborne received his bachelor's degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He earned a master's degree in theology, studying at Methesco Seminary in Delaware, Ohio, and at Durham University, Durham, England, where he was accepted as a doctoral candidate in theology.

Now a resident of Tennessee Ridge, Osborne recently completed work as executive producer for the documentary “In Shifting SandsThe Truth about UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq,” which received the highest award as the featured film of the Arkansas film festival.

Osborne's talk at APSU is sponsored by the University's chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honorary) and the political science department.

For more information, telephone Dr. David Kanervo, professor and chair of political science, at 7581.