Keynote Speaker 2005 – Garrick Utley


For forty years Garrick Utley worked as a broadcast journalist on NBC, ABC and CNN as well as Public Radio and Public Television. With a primary focus on international affairs he has reported from more than seventyfive countries. He is currently the President of the Levin Institute of International Relations and Commerce of the State University of New York.

Utley began his career with NBC News in Brussels in 1963. In 1964-65, he was based in Saigon where he covered the American entry into the Vietnam War. He then served as correspondent for NBC in Berlin and Paris and was the Senior European Correspondent for NBC in London from 1973-79. During the 1980’s he was the network’s Chief Foreign Correspondent stationed in New York. Utley
also served as anchor of the weekend editions of NBC Nightly News from 1971-73 and again from 1988-93. In addition he was the moderator of Meet The Press and covered the presidential campaigns in 1972, 1980 and 1989.

From 1993-96, Utley was Chief Foreign Correspondent for ABC News based in London, and from 1997-2002 he was a contributor for CNN, reporting from its New York bureau. Currently, he is a co-host of “America Abroad” on Public Radio and serves as host of the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts on Public Television.

Utley has received several of broadcast journalism’s most respected honors, including the Edward R. Murrow award and the George Foster Peabody award. He is the author of the book, “You Should Have Been Here Yesterday” a narrative of the growth of television news in the United States.

Utley was born in Chicago, the son of Clifton Utley who was an NBC commentator, and Frayn Utley who was also a broadcaster. He serves on the Board of The Council on Foreign Relations and is the current Chairman of the American Council on Germany.

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