The University of Arizona

Communications Director joins National Institute for Civil Discourse

October 11, 2012




NEWS RELEASE:  Thursday, October 11, 2012

CONTACT:  Jane Prescott-Smith



(TUCSON)  The National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) has announced the appointment of veteran journalist Peter Michaels to be the Institute’s Communications Director. Most recently, Mr. Michaels was Director of News and Information at Arizona Public Media in Tucson. Prior to his arrival in Tucson in 2003, he was with National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. for fifteen years as senior editor of NPR’s hourly newscast service, executive producer for NPR’s call-in program TALK of the Nation and  Director of acquired and distributed programming.

Michaels also served as news writer and producer for NBC Television and Radio News both in New York and Washington, D.C. for fourteen years. He began his broadcast news career at Mutual Radio Network in 1972.

Carolyn Lukensmeyer, NICD’s Executive Director, said, “We are delighted to have someone of Peter’s caliber and national experience join the Institute as we continue to expand our exposure and influence in promoting civil discourse across the nation.” 

Michaels said: “I am very excited about the opportunity to continue the good work already accomplished at the Institute and look forward to working with the highly accomplished Board and staff to engage the nation in more civil and constructive conversation. ”

The National Institute for Civil Discourse was established in February 2011 at the University of Arizona after the tragic events on January 8th 2011 in Tucson which wounded former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. NICD is a nonpartisan center for advocacy, research and policy regarding civil discourse consistent with First Amendment principles. For more information, please contact Jane Prescott-Smith at 520-621-0444.