Beverly Kirk is a fellow and director for outreach in the CSIS International Security Program and director of the CSIS Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative. She previously was director of the iDeas Lab, the multimedia production and design studio at CSIS. She also founded a media consulting company and has expertise in international politics, education reform, curriculum design, and web content production and an interest in global competitiveness and education as a national security issue.
Beverly spent two decades as a journalist at the local and national level, including stints with NBC, NPR and PBS, and WJLA/NewsChannel 8 in Washington, DC. She is an experienced moderator/facilitator and blogger, writing mostly about politics and culture. Her television path began in Bowling Green, KY where she was an anchor, reporter and the first woman to host a weekly sports show.
A Kentucky native, Beverly is an accomplished public speaker and delivered the 2008 commencement address at the University of Kentucky, her alma mater, where she earned an M.A. in diplomacy and international commerce with a concentration in international politics and national security from the Patterson School and is a Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Alumni. She is also a summa cum laude graduate of Western Kentucky University with degrees in history and broadcasting.