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Amanpour, Banfield headline event on war and bioterrorism

War correspondents Christiane Amanpour of CNN and Ashleigh Banfield of MSNBC will headline a national conference, "Covering Permanent War and Bio-Terrorism: The Press and Public Policy," 1–5 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Alumni Center.

Panels of journalists and experts will debate the media coverage of war and bio-terrorism and how it impacts policy decisions.

Journalists include Amanpour, CNN's chief international correspondent; Banfield, MSNBC correspondent and host of "MSNBC Investigates"; Eason Jordan, CNN's chief news executive and a working journalist; Judith Miller, New York Times reporter and co-author of "GERMS: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War"; Maryn McKenna, science and medicine staff writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; and a journalist from the Washington bureau of the Al Jazeera Satellite Television Network.

Experts include Ismael Ahmed, executive director of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services in Dearborn; Dr. James R. Baker Jr., director of the Center for Biologic Nanotechnology, U-M; Dr. Arnold Monto, director of the Bioterrorism Center, School of Public Health; Paul Rees, managing director of Centurion Risk Assessment Services, a company that trains journalists for working in hostile conditions; Dr. Ed Thompson, deputy director for Public Health Programs and Services of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Janet Odeshoo, deputy regional director for the Federal Emergency Management Agency; and Monica Schoch-Spana, medical anthropologist at the Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies, Johns Hopkins University.

The event is sponsored by the Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan, a fellowship program for professional journalists, with a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The conference is free and open to the public. For more information, call (734) 998-7666.

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