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Andreas lecture to feature MPR's Sasha Aslanian

MPR's Sasha Aslanian to present Andreas 'Youth Radio' lecture.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [3-1-11]

Minnesota Public Radio’s Sasha Aslanian will present the Department of Communication Studies’ Nadine B. Andreas Lecture “Someplace You’ve Never Been: Inside MPR’s Youth Radio Series,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at Minnesota State University Mankato.

Aslanian, creator and producer of the acclaimed program, will be joined by three of her youth radio producers to discuss the magic behind their radio stories in Ostrander Auditorium of the Centennial Student Union. The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

MPR’s Youth Radio illuminates important public issues through personal and youthful perspectives pairing high school and college-age reporters from diverse backgrounds with experienced MPR producers to create compelling stories for MPR news. Presenting their work in Mankato will be Valencia McMurray, “Graduating Homeless,” from Augsburg College, Kao Choua Vue, “A Good Hmong Daughter,” from Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and Roy Lee Spearman Jones, “Young, Gay and Homeless,” from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Aslanian and the youth reporters will play excerpts from the three pieces, talk about the process in producing their stories, and answer questions.

A metro reporter for MPR News, Aslanian created the Youth Radio Series as a way to present compelling first-person stories by her young reporters on a range of important social and political issues. From 2000 to 2008, she was a documentary producer for American Radio Works. Her stories have been broadcast on National Public Radio, the BBC, Marketplace, and The World. She is a graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa.

For more information about the event, or for those with disabilities who need either special accommodations or listening devices, contact the Department of Communications Studies at 507-389-2213 or 800-627-3529 by Friday, March 18.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system.

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