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New Director Named for Radio Free Europe

May 23, 1986

MUNICH, West Germany (AP) _ Gregory Wierzynski, a veteran American journalist, will take over July 1 as director of Radio Free Europe, the station’s spokesman, Cedric Tate, said Friday.

Wierzynski, 46, headed Time magazine bureaus in Chicago and Paris, covered the State Department in Washington for Time, and reported on news events throughout the world, Tate said.

He said Wierzynski, a graduate of Brown University in Providence, R.I., has been serving since 1983 as a State Department adviser on East European affairs.

Wierzynski replaces journalist and author George Urban, who is returning to England and will serve as a consultant.

Radio Free Europe broadcasts in native languages to Eastern Europe. A sister station, Radio Liberty, broadcasts in 13 languages to the Soviet Union. Radio Liberty’s director is Nick Vaslef. The two stations are funded by the U.S. government.

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