Commencement 2012

National Public Radio's Robert Smith ’89, to Speak at Reed Commencement

The commencement committee is pleased to announce that Robert Smith ’89 will deliver the commencement address at the college’s 98th ceremony, which takes place on May 14. Robert Smith is a correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR) based in New York City. He recently joined NPR’s Planet Money team, a multimedia project that tells stories about how economics shapes our lives. Robert has reported for NPR for more than 10 years, covering some of the biggest stories of the decade. He was part of the team following the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns; he reported on the aftermath of hurricane Katrina and the gulf oil spill; and he was on the air live from the banks of the Hudson after US Airways flight 1549 landed safely in the river. Robert got his start in radio at KRRC, Reed’s low-power FM station that is now moving to an online-only format, broadcasting late night music from the basement of the Doyle dormitory. After graduation, he volunteered in the news department of KBOO in Portland, then worked his way up at public stations in Salt Lake, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Last fall, Robert contributed an essay, “Capturing Hot Tape”, to Thinking Reed, a book of centennial essays by graduates collected by professors Roger Porter and Robert Reynolds.