5/08/2008 Jill Colford Schoeniger ’86

NPR’s David Greene to Deliver Commencement Address

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Lancaster native David Greene, National Public Radio’s White House correspondent, will be the speaker at Franklin & Marshall’s Commencement on Saturday, May 17. Greene, who will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters, is the son of the late Terry R. Greene, who was an associate professor of psychology at F&M.

Greene joined NPR in 2005 as a White House correspondent. His reporting recently has focused on the presidential campaigns. He frequently travels with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on her campaign plane.

Greene’s coverage of the campaigns, the president and people at the White House is heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Day to Day and Talk of the Nation programs.

His presidential reporting has taken him to Asia, Europe, Iraq, and South America, and included a June 2006 trip to the Green Zone of Baghdad, kept secret until President George H. Bush was on the ground. Greene has traveled with Vice President Dick Cheney to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.

He has also covered First Lady Laura Bush’s 2005 trip to Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania and Rwanda. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Greene was aboard Air Force One with President Bush as he flew over the Gulf Coast.

Greene holds a degree in government from Harvard, where he graduated magna cum laude and began his career in journalism by serving as senior editor for the Harvard Crimson.

After graduation, he joined the Baltimore Sun, first working as a researcher in the Sun’s Washington bureau. He moved on to cover education and eventually began covering the White House during President George W. Bush’s first term.
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