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Thursday, September 29, 2005

JRE: A Man Of Several Hats

From today's Daily Tar Heel :

September 29, 2005

While former senator and vice presidential candidate John Edwards might not be working in the White House, his position at UNC could give him the opportunity to make a nationwide difference.

He has been juggling his time between directing the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at UNC and pursuing his personal goals to end poverty and raise awareness about the issue.

Laura Hogshead, assistant director of the center, said Edwards is on campus about once a week.

His two-year part time appointment provides him with $40,000 annually.

Hogshead said Edwards is working on his own programs and political commitments when he’s not at UNC.

Last week Edwards was in Russia for meetings as the co-chairman of an independent task force on U.S.-Russia relations for the Council on Foreign Relations.

“We’re in Russia meeting with government officials, members of the press, leaders of (nongovernmental organizations) there to find out what’s happening in Russia and prepare,” he said.

The task force, which first formed May 31 and for which Jack Kemp is the other co-chairman, reviews U.S. policy toward Russia.

Edwards also is initiating programs at home to combat poverty in the United States.


And to hear JRE talk about his work at the Center and the issue of poverty, listen to NPR Showhost Ed Gordon's News and Notes


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