Panel Discussion with Joanna Kakissis and Griff Witte
Featuring journalists Joanna Kakissis of NPR and Griff Witte, Head of Berlin Bureau, The Washington Post.
Joanna Kakissis is a contributing international correspondent for NPR, based in Athens and covering southeastern Europe and the Balkans. Joanna regularly reports throughout Europe and has also filled in for NPR bureau chiefs in Berlin, Jerusalem, London and Paris. Having lived in Europe since 2004, much of Joanna's reporting has focused on the forces straining European unity — the euro currency crisis, the influx of asylum-seekers and the rise of nationalism. Her radio stories are heard on the NPR programs Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, and her writing and multimedia projects are on npr.org. Joanna's work also appears in many other outlets, including The New York Times, The Financial Times Magazine, TIME Magazine, Politico, Foreign Policy and newyorker.com, and on the documentary radio program This American Life.
Griff Witte is The Washington Post’s Berlin Bureau Chief. He has previously served as the paper’s Deputy Foreign Editor and as bureau chief in Kabul, Islamabad, Jerusalem and London.
Witte has reported from more than 30 countries, and has covered wars, elections, uprisings, revolutions, disasters both natural and manmade as well as everyday life. Witte’s reporting on refugees has been recognized by the National Press Foundation, his work on extremism has been honored by the Overseas Press Club and his dispatches on Brexit earned the Washington Post Publisher’s Award. He has edited work that has won the Pulitzer Prize.
Before joining the Post, Witte was a reporter for The Miami Herald. He also served as researcher for Steve Coll’s Pulitzer-winning book, Ghost Wars. Witte has taught courses on foreign correspondence at Georgetown and Princeton. He graduated from Princeton in 2000 with a degree in history.
This event is affiliated with the year-long Mellon-Sawyer Seminar, "Global Migration: The Humanities and Social Sciences in Dialogue."