egendary journalist Marvin Kalb will be speaking about his new book, The Year I was Peter the Great: 1956– Khrushchev, Stalin’s Ghost, and a Young American in Russia. In 1956, Kalb was a young diplomatic attaché at the US Embassy in Moscow, where he observed this tumultuous year that foretold the end of Soviet communism three decades later. Fluent in Russian, a doctoral student at Harvard, he traveled from one end of a changing country to the other and met the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, who playfully nicknamed him Peter the Great.
Marvin Kalb is currently a nonresident senior fellow with the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, and senior advisor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He focuses on the impact of media on public policy and politics. He is also an expert in national security, with a focus on U.S. relations with Russia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Marvin Kalb’s distinguished journalism career spans more than 30 years and includes award-winning reporting for both CBS and NBC News as chief diplomatic correspondent, Moscow bureau chief, and anchor of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Kalb went on to become founding director of Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. He is the Murrow professor emeritus at Harvard and hosts “The Kalb Report” at the National Press Club.