Ian Masters (journalist)
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Masters is host of the KPFK, Pacifica Radio program Background Briefing which deals with American politics, foreign policy as well as domestic American security issues. Masters has hosted a once weekly episode of Background Briefing since 1980; in 2009, the program was expanded to five days per week. It is broadcast on more that forty radio stations across the US, and is also availble as a podcast.
Masters was formerly a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Affairs based at UCLA, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Relations, also at UCLA. He also served as a consultant to the Center for National Security Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
He hosted the "2005 PEN Center USA Awards" from Los Angeles, California which have in the past honored those such as, Gore Vidal, Ursula K. Le Guin, Charlie Kaufman, and Robert Alter. On September 18, 2007, Masters moderated a discussion billed as The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy with John J. Mearscheimer and Stephen M. Walt. The event was part of the Hammer Forum held at UCLA's Hammer Museum. On September 25, 2007, Masters moderated a panel discussion on Foreign Policy after the Bush Administration. The event was also held at UCLA's Hammer Museum. Panelists included John Brady Kiesling, John B. Judis, Christopher O'Sullivan and Steven Clemons.
- Ian Masters official website
- KPFK.org Background Briefing with Ian Masters
- Sean Mitchell, "A Quarter Century of Level-Headed Talk," Los Angeles Times, May 13, 2007
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