Global Alert! — December 6, 2009

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Five days after President Barack Obama’s West Point speech on U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan, “Global Alert” aired a Dec. 3 interview by reporter Katie Caldwell of IUP political science professor Gawdat Bahgat, Ph.D, an expert on the region. Bahgat spoke on the eve of his departure from IUP to take a position at the Pentagon as an adviser on terror threats in the region. In addition, “Global Alert” reporters Jessica Potter and Garritt Fleming informally polled students and recently returned Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans on the president’s new policies.

“Global Alert” is a student-reported and produced radio program that airs on WIUP-FM (90.1) every other Sunday morning during academic semesters at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The program is sponsored by the IUP chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The program focuses on global issues that have a community impact in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. The organizing principle of “Global Alert” is “think global and act local.”

Fall 2009 programs have focused on:

  • Sept. 27, Oct. 11: political and environmental controversy surrounding the White’s  Woods recreational forest in White Township
  • Nov. 1: a proposed $5-per-student-per-semestter “green fee” proposed for the IUP campus by a student environmental group
  • Nov. 15:  the natural-gas-drilling boom associated with the Marcellus shale formation underlying Indiana County
  • Dec. 6: changing war policy on U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, featuring IUP political science professor Gawdat Bahgat, Ph.D.

To contact “Global Alert,” email IUP faculty adviser David O. Loomis, Ph.D., at or phone the IUP Journalism Department at 724-357-4411.

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