May 20, 1999
Release No. 030-99

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United States Information Agency - News Release

 Cynthia Miller Wins USIA's Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy

Washington, D.C. - The United States Information Agency is proud to announce that Cynthia Miller is the 1998 winner of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy. This award is presented to the agency Foreign Service Officer who best lives up to the standards set by Edward R. Murrow, Director of USIA from 1961 to 1964. The officer selected has made specific and identifiable contributions of significance in the field of public diplomacy and embodies the integrity, courage, sensitivity, vision, and dedication to excellence exemplified by Murrow.

The award winner is selected through a multi-tier process that culminates with final selection by the Advisory Council at the Murrow Center, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, Ma. The presentation of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy is one of the highlights at the annual commencement exercise at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, this year taking place on Sunday, May 23.

Cynthia Miller, recently retired, had been a USIA foreign service officer since 1971. She served in many positions, including Public Affairs Officer in Rome (1995-1998), Public Affairs Officer in Bonn (1990-1994), Deputy Director of the European Bureau (1988-1990), Public Affairs Officer in East Berlin (1984-1988), Cultural Affairs Officer in Vienna (1980-1984), and as Special Assistant in the Office of the Director (1977-1978). Ms. Miller speaks fluent French, German, and Italian.

Ms. Miller graduated with a degree in History and English from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She attended Bel Air High School in Houston, and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.

D. P. Fraser of Houston, Texas. Cynthia Miller now lives with her husband Robert Miller and their son Alexander in Nashville, Indiana.

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