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April 2010

Dinner and a ‘conversation’

You may recognize Frank Stasio's voice from NPR. Now you can see the man behind the voice at the Friends of the UNCG Libraries annual dinner Monday, May 10.

Stasio, the featured speaker for the event and host of WUNC's “The State of Things,” will discuss “The State of Conversation.”

For the past three years, Stasio, a Buffalo, N.Y. native, has immersed himself in the culture and history of North Carolina. His studio acts as a salon, where Stasio has perfected the art of conversation with everyone from folk musicians to politicians to hound breeders to beauty queens, gaining a unique perspective on his adopted state.

Long-time NPR correspondent Stasio was named permanent host of “The State of Things” in June 2006. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's news director.

From there he went to National Public Radio, where he rose from associate producer to newscaster for “All Things Considered.” He left that job in 1990 to help start an alternative school in Washington, D.C. Frank returned to NPR as a freelance news anchor, guest host of “Talk of The Nation” and other national programs, and host of special news coverage.

Tickets to the Friends of the UNCG Libraries Dinner support the University Libraries and are available from the UNCG Box Office.

The evening kicks off with a reception at 6 p.m. in Cone Ballroom in Elliott University Center. A seated dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., with the program following at 9 p.m.

Tickets for the dinner and program are $45 for Friends members, and $55 for non-members, and must be ordered by May 4. Tickets to the program only are $12 each and are available on a space-available basis up until 8 p.m. the day of the program. Call or visit the UNCG Box Office Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. to purchase tickets.










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