June 18, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Bernard Kalb to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Public Affairs). He would succeed Robert John Hughes.

Mr. Kalb has been serving as spokesman for the Department of State since January 1985. Previously, he was chief diplomatic correspondent for NBC News (1980 - 1985); CBS diplomatic correspondent, Washington (1963 - 1980); Washington anchor for the CBS Morning News with John Hart (1970 - 1972); and CBS correspondent, Moscow (1960 - 1963). In 1946 he joined the New York Times and served over the next 15 years as a writer for the Times radio station WQXR, city reporter, reporter in the United Nations bureau, chief of the Southeast Asia and India bureau, and reporter in the Washington bureau. He served as press attache at the American Embassy in Moscow from 1956 to 1957.

Mr. Kalb graduated from City College of New York (B.S.S., 1951) and Harvard College (M.A., 1953). He served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1944. He is married, has four children, and resides in Rockville, MD. He was born February 4, 1922, in New York City.