by S. Purdom/M. Robinson
Photo cutline: David Greene, (please credit photo to David Gilkey/NPR)
Murray, Ky., Feb. 11-------- The Murray High School Speech Team will host “An Evening with NPR’s David Greene,” Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at Murray State University’s Lovett Auditorium. Greene, the National Public Radio's Morning Programming Host/Correspondent, will provide this event free to public.
Michael Robinson, MHS Speech Coach and MHS television production teacher, said this event will support the MHS Speech Team and donations will be accepted that evening. “Those attending the event may make a donation and receive a ticket as a receipt at the door noting the dollar amount donated to the Murray High School Speech Team. These receipts may later be used as a tax write-off, ”he said.
Greene spent two years as a student at Murray Middle School from the fall of 1986 to the summer of 1988. During that time, David played saxophone as a member of the MMS Band and was active on stage at the Playhouse in the Park. In 1998, David obtained his degree in Government at Harvard and later became a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. Then in 2005, Greene began his work for National Public Radio and covered President George Bush's second term in office -- working from a room the size of a small closet in the basement under the West Wing of the White House. Since then, he has covered stories in Russia, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Mongolia, Rwanda, and Uruguay. Greene has received numerous awards for his reporting including the 2011 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for his coverage of the uprising in Lybia. In 2012, Greene was named NPR's Morning Programming Host.
In high school, Greene was an active participant in Speech and Forensics events and competed in the National Catholic Forensic League National Tournament in Boca Raton, Florida in May, 1993. Also a competitor at that tournament was the current coach of the Murray High School Speech Team, Michael Robinson. “We are very excited to be welcoming a good friend back to Murray to talk about his life experiences,” said Robinson. “The Murray High School Speech Team motto is ‘Not to defeat an opponent nor to win a prize, but to emulate the best.’ When our students go into competition, it’s people like David that they are working to emulate. This is a wonderful educational opportunity for our students and our community that will be priceless.”