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Hard Questions, Important Stories: A Conversation With NPR's Howard Berkes

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As a journalist at NPR for almost 40 years, Howard Berkes has covered his fair share of ground-breaking, muckraking stories. He joins us Thursday to talk about his career, the importance of asking hard questions, and giving voices to the voiceless.

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As a journalist at NPR for almost 40 years, Howard Berkes has covered his fair share of ground-breaking, muckraking stories. Now, it’s time to retire. But before he does, Berkes is putting the finishing touches on a story he’s been reporting for close to six years. It’s about hardworking men and women in the coal mines of Appalachia suffering and dying from black lung disease. Berkes joins us Thursday to talk about his career, the importance of asking hard questions, and giving voices to the voiceless.

Howard Berkes is a correspondent for the NPR Investigations Unit with a long list of accomplishments, rewards, and accolades, including five Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative, sports, and online audio reporting.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.