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2024 Ruhl Lecture: "Press Freedoms, Hostage Diplomacy and International Policy with Jason Rezaian of the Washington Post"

Wednesday, January 24 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Ballroom (244)
1395 University Street, Eugene, OR 97403

The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication is proud to welcome Washington Post global opinions writer Jason Rezaian for an in-person conversation and audience Q&A addressing perilous times for journalists and Americans abroad. Rezaian, who spent 544 days in an Iranian prison as a wrongfully detained journalist, will discuss international policy, advocacy for hostages around the globe, journalists exiled from hostile regions, and the emergent use of visual forensics in search of the truth.

About the Speaker

Jason Rezaian is an award-winning journalist and global opinions columnist for The Washington Post, writing primarily on international affairs, press freedom, and human rights issues. He has devoted his life to advocating for freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and rights for journalists abroad and at home.

Formerly the Post’s Tehran bureau chief, Rezaian is the host of 544 Days, the acclaimed Spotify Original podcast series based on his 2019 best-selling memoir, Prisoner, about his time as a hostage in Iran and the extraordinary efforts it took to free him. 

Rezaian was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Citizen Leadership in 2023 and serves as executive director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Hostages and Wrongful Detention.

About the Event

The annual UO School of Journalism and Communication’s Robert and Mabel Ruhl Lecture brings the most influential voices in mass communication to campus. While there is no livestream option, we will make a recording available after the event. 

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Lecture, Discussion, Free


School of Journalism and Communication

Target Audience

All Students, Faculty/Staff, General Public, Alumni





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