International correspondent and current TASIS England parent, Frank Langfitt, will deliver the Commencement address for the School’s 41st annual ceremony on Saturday, June 10.
Mr. Langfitt covers stories from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and elsewhere in Europe for National Public Radio (NPR), a public non-profit media agency in the United States. "We look forward to welcoming a parent from our community, Mr. Frank Langfitt, as our commencement speaker this year,” remarks Interim Head of School, David Hicks. “As the National Public Radio correspondent in London, Mr. Langfitt is beautifully prepared to speak to our graduates and help them understand the world they are about to enter."
Before serving as the London correspondent, Mr. Langfitt spent five years as an NPR correspondent covering China. While based in Shanghai, he drove a free taxi around the city for a series on a changing China as seen through the eyes of ordinary people.
In 2008, Mr. Langfitt’s coverage of the Beijing Olympics garnered an Edward R. Murrow Award for sports reporting. Mr. Langfitt is a graduate of Princeton University and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
In sending off the class of 2017, Mr. Langfitt will join recent TASIS England Commencement speakers Lyle Rigg, Philip Hammond PC MP, and Shelby Coffey III, all of whom demonstrate unwavering commitment in their respective fields.
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