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POSTPONED: Soundings Series event with Roop Raj

Learning the tricks of the trade on doing great media interviews is the focus of this Sounding Series event

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OU to welcome Fox 2 News anchor Roop Raj for Soundings Series event on Jan. 28
Roop Raj
Fox 2 News anchor Roop Raj will lead this hands-on session about interviews and interacting with anchors and the media during a special Soundings Series “Nuts and Bolts” session.

NOTE: This Soundings Series event has been postponed due to campus being closed on Monday, January 28. Stay tuned for rescheduling details once OU re-opens.

OU faculty members can learn the secrets of great TV, radio and print media interviews during a special Soundings Series “Nuts and Bolts” session in Banquet Room B on Monday, Jan. 28 from 8- 10 a.m.

Fox 2 News anchor Roop Raj will lead this hands-on session about interviews and interacting with anchors and the media.

Raj currently anchors the 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. evening newscasts at Fox 2 Detroit. He began his career in TV at the age of 14 when he created, produced and hosted his own public affairs talk show on the government access station in Troy, Mich.

While attending Michigan State University, Raj worked at the CBS and ABC affiliates in Lansing and by age 23 was anchoring the weekend news in Flint, Mich. He also spent seven years as the morning anchor/reporter at the NBC station in New Orleans before returning to the Detroit area in 2009 to join Fox 2 News.

“We’re thrilled to have Roop Raj do this with us,” said Dr. David Stone, OU’s chief research officer. “This kind of hands-on media training is the kind of thing often reserved for very competitive fellowship programs that are designed for future leaders in higher education. This is a great opportunity for our faculty.”

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, email Leanne DeVreugd,  program assistant for Women in Science, Engineering and Research (WISER), at

Kathy Pfeiffer

The Soundings Series will continue on Wednesday, Feb. 13 with another “Nuts and Bolts” session featuring Kathleen Pfeiffer, Ph.D., a professor of English and Creative Writing at Oakland University.

From 3-4:30 p.m. in the Ambassador Rooms in the Oakland Center, Pfeiffer will be discussing how storytelling can be a powerful strategy for engaging an audience about research, and how any scholar can use storytelling to communicate the value of their work, particularly to non-specialists.

“I will offer some case studies of scholars from various disciplines who use storytelling effectively, and I will offer practical strategies for how to find the best and most compelling story to tell about your research,” Pfeiffer said.

For more information about these and other Soundings Series events, visit

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