My guest today for the second time on THE ENRICHMENT HOUR, LIVE from PARIS, is MICHAEL KIRTLEY, journalist, photographer, filmmaker, TV personality, author, environmental activist, NGO Founder, International Communications Advisor.
Among many other things, Michael and I will talk about his friendship with the late Muhammad Ali. Showtime is at 7 PM Eastern; 6 PM Central; 5 PMMountain; and 4 PM Pacific To listen live, go to: www.WSRadio.com, then click on STUDIO B/Live at your designated time zone hour. Show will also be permanently archived on The Enrichment Hour page at WSRadio(dot)com starting Monday.
Raised in Kentucky, Michael has spent much of his adult life in Europe and Africa, where at the age of twenty he was one of the first Americans to hitchhike (twice) across the Sahara Desert. Often selected to the Who’s Who of International Photojournalists, he has written and photographed many feature stories for such publications as National Geographic, Newsweek, Time, Newsweek, Life, Stern, Géo, and Paris-Match. These articles covered subjects in Europe, Africa, and various other regions of the Muslim world.
Michael has interviewed dozens of government leaders, among them South African President Nelson Mandela, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, French President Francois Mitterrand, King Hussein of Jordan, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad, President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of Ivory Coast, and Senegalese presidents Leopold Senghor, Abdou Diouf, and Abdoulaye Wade.
His current activities include producing and directing the trendsetting crowd-sourced World Memory Film Project, a major documentary film project against xenophobia and mass atrocities, created together with internet and film enthusiasts around the world. The WMFP is supported by the United Nations and other international institutions, as well as several Hollywood personalities. Michael is also developing a ground-breaking television program on personal adventure and directing a documentary on traditional religion in West Africa.
With his significant background in television, Michael was a reporter and then director of WGRB-TV, a regional television station in America, where he developed and hosted his own weekly show.
Over the years, he has been called on to be a commentator on various TV networks in America, including NBC, CNBC, and CNN. Today he is regularly invited as a current events commentator on France 24, based in Paris, France.
In 2003 Michael created and hosted Meet The Ambassadors, among the all-time most popular televised special events on the American TV network CSPAN. A first-ever town meeting between an American audience and five ambassadors from the Arab World (Egypt, Morocco, Bahrain, Sudan, and the Arab League), this three-hour program was broadcast live across America and drew an audience of 420,000 viewers, a record for the year on CSPAN.
Over the years, he has been interviewed dozens of times in European, American, Arab, and African media. He is a regular political commentator on France 24, specializing in questions relating to international terrorism and politics in America, in the Arab World, and in Africa. He is an International Honorary Rotarian and a Sloan Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1999 he earned his degree in Psychology from Amherst College, Amherst, MA.1 Michael's Friendship with Muhammed Ali