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Thomas Kent

Thomas Kent

President and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Thomas Kent

Thomas Kent is president and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, which provides news around the clock in 25 languages to the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. He the former standards editor of The Associated Press and a specialist in journalistic ethics and Russian affairs.

With the AP, Kent served as international editor, news editor of AP’s World Services division; bureau chief in Moscow; chief of AP operations in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; correspondent for NATO and the European Union in Brussels; and reporter in Sydney, Australia and Hartford, Connecticut in the United States.

Kent has published extensively on journalistic ethics issues. He has been a lecturer or panel participant in English, French and Russian at forums in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the UK, the Czech Republic, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Russia, Azerbaijan, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

He led the “Create Your Own Ethics Code” projects for the Online News Association, and has been active in ethical issues involving such new areas of journalism as virtual reality and automated newswriting.  He is an advisor to the Ethical Journalism Network. He served twice as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in international reporting, advised the Society of Professional Journalists and the Global Editors Network on ethical issues and was a board member of the Organization of News Ombudsmen.

Kent was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, in the United States, holds a degree in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University and speaks Russian, French and Spanish. Until he was named to lead RFE/RL, he taught and advised at Columbia University's School of Journalism and the Harriman Institute of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.