Award-winning journalist, alumnus to deliver commencement address


By: Pamela Henning, Communication Studies major, Class of 2017

Vladimir Duthiers, award-winning journalist and URI alumnus

Vladimir Duthiers, an award-winning journalist and URI alumnus, was selected to deliver commencement address at 2017 undergraduate graduation.

After 26 years, Vladimir Duthiers will return to the University of Rhode Island’s commencement stage. This time, Duthiers will address his alma mater’s class of 2017.

In 1991 Duthiers proudly earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at URI, and walked toward a prestigious career in international journalism.  With two Emmy’s and a Peabody Award, Duthiers is recognized and respected worldwide as a top broadcast journalist like fellow URI alumnus, Christiane Amanpour.  After 5 years with CNN, Duthiers is now a correspondent for CBS News.

Duthiers has made a name for himself by witnessing and reporting a range of heartbreaking news stories from the Ferguson, Missouri shootings to the 2010 Haiti earthquakes.  He has also covered gripping features including Haiti’s child trafficking industry, the war on terrorism, and the Nigerian college massacre that left 25 students dead.

He has credited a great deal of his success to his undergraduate experience at URI.

“A lot of my professors at URI helped shape my worldview.” Duthiers said.  “I learned…about the way countries work, how governments operate and interact with each other, and how the things you see on the surface are not necessarily what is going on behind the scenes.”

In today’s political climate, journalists are under more extreme scrutiny to deliver the truth—a principle Duthiers does not take lightly.

“It is a huge responsibility to report the news and give voice to the voiceless,” he said. “I never lose sight of that.”

URI is lucky to have Duthiers, a prestigious alumnus and new member of the Harrington School’s Executive Advisory Board, to share his experiences this May 21.