CNN Host, Journalist Fareed Zakaria to Speak
At Foundation's 26th Academic Awards Banquet
Renowned journalist and CNN host Fareed Zakaria will help honor Oklahoma’s outstanding public school students and educators when he gives the keynote address at the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic Awards Banquet May 19 at the Renaissance Tulsa Convention Center.
The gala awards banquet honors 100 of Oklahoma’s top public high school seniors as Academic All-Staters and five outstanding educators as Medal for Excellence winners. Admission to the banquet is $50 per person, and a banquet reservation form is available at www.ofe.org.
Zakaria is host of CNN’s flagship international affairs program – “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” editor at large of “TIME,” a “Washington Post” columnist, and a “New York Times” bestselling author. He was described in 1999 by “Esquire Magazine” as “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation.” In 2010, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 global thinkers.
Since 2008, he has hosted “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” which airs Sundays worldwide on CNN. Zakaria’s in-depth interviews with the Dalai Lama; heads of state including Barack Obama, Manmohan Singh, King Abdullah II, Dmitry Medvedev, Moammar Gadhafi and Lula da Silva; as well as countless business leaders, politicians and journalists have been broadcast in more than 200 million homes around the world. Within its first year, Zakaria’s CNN program garnered an Emmy nomination for an interview with Premier Wen Jaibao.
Zakaria was introduced as “TIME” editor at large in October 2010 after spending 10 years overseeing all of “Newsweek’s” editions abroad. His cover stories and columns on subjects ranging from globalization and emerging markets to the Middle East and America’s role in the world reach more than 25 million readers weekly. While his columns have received many awards including a 2010 National Magazine Award, his October 2001 “Newsweek” cover story, “Why They Hate Us,” remains the most decorated. Before joining “Newsweek” in October 2000, he spent eight years as managing editor of “Foreign Affairs,” a post he was appointed to at only 28 years old.
Zakaria’s books, “The Post American World,” and “The Future of Freedom,” have both been “New York Times” bestsellers, with the latter book being translated into more than 20 languages.
A native of India, Zakaria earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his doctorate from Harvard University. He currently serves as a trustee of Yale University. He lives in New York City with his wife, son and two daughters.