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Harry Smith

Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist
and news anchor

THERE IS NO MISTAKING the deep, melodic voice
of Emmy-award winning newsman Harry Smith, who
is currently a correspondent for NBC. After decades of
broadcasting, his voice is as much a hallmark as his niche
of interviewing people from around the world to find the
human stories behind generic headlines. But the world-
at least most of it-almost never heard that voice.
Born in Illinois in 1951, Smith enrolled at Central College in Iowa, intending to get an education degree and

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Louisiana to the boardrooms of the World Trade Center.
I learned a lot about what middle America really thought,
and let me tell you, it's very different from the perceptions
of Americans on the East or West Coast."
She also met and became friends with many people who would take a similar path as she, and says 10
members of that 37th Senior Seminar class became ambassadors. Later, she worked in Brussels for two years and
then at the State Department, where she spearheaded
the integration of the U.S. Information Agency into the
Department of State-which, she says, seemed like an
impossible task, but led to personal interaction with the
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and later, to her
ambassadorship in Senegal.
"I'd worked 37 years and was ready to retire," she says.
"Anyone in their right mind would have retired! But the
legacy of my parents told me I should take on this task.
The thought of a young girl from Roxbury, Massachusetts,
being ambassador to any country was unbelievable-I was
the youngest of five, my mother was a domestic and my
father was an auto mechanic. I thought I should do this
for my parents."
A major highlight during her time as ambassador was
swearing in Peace Corps volunteers, which she says was
always a humbling and great thing. Another was watching her staff react after the September 11, 2001, terrorist
attacks in the United States.
"I remember going to all three embassy sites to speak with
our 525 people about how we would be affected by what had
transpired that morning," she says. "I have to tell you, I had
never seen that kind of loyalty. They came to work every
single day, no matter what threats might be upon them. That
was incredible." One of her staff showed up at the office even
though his father-a New York City firefighter-was missing.
"After his father was found [alive]," she says, "his father
sent me a T-shirt with the New York Fire Department
insignia and quote, "New York's Finest.". I will keep that
T-shirt forever. It's very special."
Now director of the diplomacy program at the University of Central Florida, Elam-Thomas says there's no doubt
her study abroad experience propelled her career, and she
spends countless hours encouraging students to go somewhere-anywhere-that will expand their own horizons.
"It gets students to look at the world from the perspective of other countries," she says. "If they want to be
competitive in this workplace and they want to have value,
they'll work internationally and they'll have colleagues
in their offices from other parts of the world. Studying
abroad helps them know what transpires in the minds,
cultures, and histories of other people."



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2015

Pathfinders
Job Search: An American Tale
On the Rise
Frontlines
In Brief
Voices
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
International Enrollment
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - May/June 2015 - 5
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International Educator - May/June 2015 - 9
International Educator - May/June 2015 - 10
International Educator - May/June 2015 - 11
International Educator - May/June 2015 - In Brief
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International Educator - May/June 2015 - Voices
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International Educator - May/June 2015 - Pathfinders
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International Educator - May/June 2015 - On the Rise
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International Educator - May/June 2015 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - May/June 2015 - Forum
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International Educator - May/June 2015 - In Focus
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