U.S. Department of State Hosts Television's Animal Planet Host at the State Department

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 3, 2012

The U.S. State Department will host a December 4 event to mark Wildlife Conservation Day featuring renowned conservationist and television personality Jeff Corwin, in the Department’s Ralph Bunche Library from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Jeff Corwin is an American nature conservationist, best known as the host of Animal Planet’s The Jeff Corwin Experience and Corwin’s Quest, as well as for his current ABC series Ocean Mysteries. Corwin is a long-time environmental activist and has worked to conserve endangered species and ecosystems around the world.

Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine will deliver remarks and introduce Corwin. The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Assistant Secretary Keri-Ann Jones will also speak on the Department’s efforts to promote conservation.

The event will be open to the press.

Pre set for video cameras 10:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

Final access for journalists and still photographers is 10:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

NOTE: space will be very limited in the Ralph Bunche Library.

NOTE: Jeff Corwin, U/S Sonenshine, and A/S Jones are willing to do ‘pull aside’ interviews following the event.

Please RSVP to Wendy Nassmacher at nassmacherwl@state.gov or at (202) 647-6664 at your earliest convenience.

PRN: 2012/1905