Neal Conan

Over 36 years with National Public Radio, Neal Conan may be best known as the long-time host of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation." Previously, he served as bureau chief in New York and London, covered the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House, two Winter Olympic Games, and several wars. He anchored innumerable live events, including party political conventions, confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees, Presidential inaugurations and addresses, and the impeachment of President Clinton. He played a key part in NPR’s live coverage of 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. As a war correspondent, he was among a group of journalists held by the Iraqi Republican Guard for nearly a week in the waning days of the 1991 Gulf War. Behind the scenes, he served as editor, producer and executive producer of NPR’s flagship program, “All Things Considered” and, in an acting capacity, as foreign editor, managing editor and news director. Conan’s work has been honored with, among others, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University, Major Armstrong, and Peabody awards. On leave in 2000, Conan worked as the play-by-play announcer of the Aberdeen Arsenal of the independent Atlantic League and wrote a book, Play by Play: Baseball, Radio and Life in the Last Chance League. Conan was born in 1949 in Beirut, Lebanon. A long-time East Coast resident, he now resides in the town of Hāwī on Hawaiʻi island, where he farms macadamia nuts and works as a news analyst for Hawaiʻi Public Radio.

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In Paris, negotiators at the UN Climate Change Conference have just a couple of days to reach agreement, with several major issues undecided.  Pacific Island nations which have been pressing for a more ambitious goal are now under pressure to agree to a target many say will leave low lying islands uninhabitable by the end of this century.  More from Neal Conan in Paris, with the Pacific News Minute.

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In Paris earlier this week, President Obama warned of tens of millions of climate migrants from the Asia Pacific if the nations of the world fail to reach agreement at the UN climate change conference.  Now, a new report finds that the migration is already underway.  Details from Neal Conan in Paris with today's Pacific News Minute.

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In Paris, delegates continue to work on a draft of an agreement at the UN Conference on Climate Change.  They hope to resolve most of the outstanding disputes by the end of this week and finalize a deal next week.  As the world's largest economy and its second largest emitter of carbon - the United States has both enormous influence and enormous responsibility.  But many underestimate just how large an area it controls in the Pacific.  More from Neal Conan, who reports from Paris in the Pacific News Minute.

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On his last day at the UN Climate Conference, President Obama met with six leaders from small island states. "Their populations are among the most vulnerable to the ravages of climate Change," he said afterwards.  We have more from Neal Conan in Paris, with today's Pacific News Minute.

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In Paris, France hosts a summit of Pacific Island leaders ahead of the UN Climate Conference that gets underway next week. Details, from Neal Conan in Paris, in the Pacific News Minute.

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As we reported yesterday, Pacific Island Nations hope to be a major factor at the United Nations Climate Conference that begins next week.  They are among the most seriously affected by global warming, and among those least responsible for the problem.  But, as we hear from Neal Conan in Paris in today's Pacific News Minute - several delegations will arrive under circumstances that may limit their effectiveness.

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The nations of the world are gathering in Paris, ahead of the United Nations Conference on Climate change which gets underway next week. News analyst Neal Conan is also there, to cover the conference with a focus on Pacific Island Nations.  As we hear in today's Pacific News Minute, countries which have contributed very little to the problem face enormous challenges as a result of it.

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After Turkey and the Philippines, Malaysia is the final stop on President Obama's current tour - and after the G20 in Antalya and APEC in Manila, it's another major multilateral meeting.  This time, ASEAN: the Association of South East Asian Nations.  As the current chair - Malaysia hosts the meeting, but, as we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minutes, its president is enmeshed in scandal.

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The Governor of American Samoa is asking the Interior Department for money to explore a review of the territory's political status. The biggest employer - the Starkist Tuna cannery says a minimum wage hike and federal restrictions on fishing could force the company to relocate.  A frustrated local government says those policies are outside its control.  We have more from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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Earlier today, President Obama arrived in the Philippines to attend the APEC summit.  While his earlier visit to Turkey and the G-20 summit was dominated by the ISIS attack in Paris, this next stop is more likely to focus on the disputes over the South China Sea.  More from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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