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Beverly Keever, Ph.D., MLIS, MSJ
Emeritus
Office Location: Crawford 331
Phone Number: 956-3781
Fax Number: 956-5396
Email: bkeever@hawaii.edu

Background:

Beverly Ann Deepe Keever is a professor emerita of the University of Hawai`i, where she has been awarded the Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

She is the author of "News Zero: The New York Times and The Bomb" (Common Courage Press, 2004) and "Death Zones and Darlilng Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting" (University of Nebraska Press, 2013).

She is also a co-editor of "U.S. News Coverage of Racial Minorities: A Sourcebook, 1934-1996" (Greenwood Press, 1997). She has written numerous academic and professional articles and received awards for her freedom-of-information endeavors in Hawaii.

Before teaching, she worked as a journalist covering the Vietnam War for seven years sucessively for Newsweek, the New York Herald Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor. Her coverage of the besieged outpost of Khe Sanh in 1968 was nominated by the Monitor for a Pulitzer Prize in international reporting.

For a career bridging the profession and the professorate, she has received awards from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Alumni Association and the University of Nebraska College of Journalism and Mass Communications Alumni Association.

Research:

Public-Meetings and Public-Records Laws and Practices; Privacy and Freedom of Expressions; Investigative Journalism; Press Performance

Publications:

Title: The Fallout from Nuclear Secrecy (PDF) (2013)
Publication Information: More than a half century after U.S. nuclear tests shattered the tranquility of Pacific Ocean atolls — rendering parts of them uninhabitable – the U.S. government has quietly released secret fallout results from 49 Pacific hydrogen-bomb blasts with an explosive force equal to 3,200 Hiroshima-size bombs. From 1946 to 1958, the U.S. government conducted 66 nuclear weapons tests from and near the two atolls of Bikini and Enewetak, when the U.S. administered the Marshall Islands under a U.N.-sanctioned trust arrangement.

Title: The Spark that Ignited the Vietnam War (PDF) (2013)
Publication Information: The 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of American troops from the Vietnam War was commemorated on May 8, 2013, but ignored was the 50th anniversary of an incident that same day that led to U.S. combat units being sent to the war zone in the first place. Yet the bloody incident turned out to be an indelible turning-point in the history of the Vietnam War. And half -century later it still warns a nuclearized world about the power of organized religious groups and the perilous politics of regime change.

Title: The Unexploded Election-Eve Bombshell (PDF) (2013)
Publication Information: Just days before the November 1968 presidential election, Beverly Deepe wrote in a startling story for the Christian Science Monitor that “purported encouragement from the Nixon camp” was prompting South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu to refuse to attend Paris peace talks that President Johnson had agreed to with the Communist side. Thieu’s explosive rejection dashed the peace-making credibility of the Democratic administration. The Monitor declined to publish Deepe’s exclusive expose—an editor said it “seems virtual equivalent of treason” and Johnson privately agreed. Richard Nixon won the election. Yet 45 years later, declassified documents in the “X Envelope” at the LBJ Library appear to confirm Deepe’s expose. Read below this excerpt from Deepe’s book, Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting

Title: News Zero: The New York Times and the Bomb (PDF) (2004)
ISBN: 9781567512823
Publication Information: Failing to challenge secrecy and echoing the U.S. government’s spin, The New York Times helped U.S. officials hide from public consciousness nearly half of the 86 nuclear weapons tests and their yield that from 1946 to 1962 in U.S.-administered atolls and international waters convulsed the Pacific region once described as paradise. By testing plutonium-laced weapons too powerful and unpredictable to be conducted on the mainland, thus anchoring its superpower military status today, the U.S. unleashed 86 nuclear experiments with an explosive force over the 16-year period that equated to about 8,580 Hiroshima-size bombs—or 1.4 explosions per day.

Title: After a flash of inspiration Glenn Paige wrote a book on 'nonkilling,' a concept now gaining momentum worldwide. (PDF) (2013)
Publication Information: UHer Glenn Paige Makes a Difference Globally UH Professor Glenn Paige wrote a book on ”nonkilling”—and gave it away free of charge in 2002. Within five years it was translated into 15 languages; today it is available in 30 languages. His concept has spawned institutes or forums and led more than 700 scholars across the disciplines in 73 countries to research nonkilling globally.

Title: Death Zones and Darling Spies-Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting (PDF) (2013)
ISBN: 978-0-8032-2261-8
Publication Information: In Death Zones and Darling Spies, Beverly Deepe Keever describes what it was like for a farm girl from Nebraska to find herself halfway around the world, trying to make sense of one of the nation’s bloodiest and bitterest wars. She arrived in Saigon as Vietnam’s war entered a new phase and American helicopter units and provincial advisers were unpacking. She tells of traveling from her Saigon apartment to jungles where Wild West–styled forts first dotted Vietnam’s borders and where, seven years later, they fell like dominoes from communist-led attacks. In 1965 she braved elephant grass with American combat units armed with unparalleled technology to observe their valor—and their inability to distinguish friendly farmers from hide-and-seek guerrillas.

Honors / Awards:

Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching (1987)
Description: Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching, University of Hawai`i Board of Regents

Excellence in Application (2008)
Description: College of Social Sciences for Excellence in Application for 2007-2008 was received in recognition of "work in applying the theory, practice and ethics of journalism to the promotion of the welfare of the community" and for "tireless endeavors to promote open government in Hawai`i and to peel off the shroud of secrecy covering the devastating impact of U.S. Pacific nuclear weapons tests on the Pacific Islanders. By applying your academic expertise and professional linkages to various organizations, groups and individuals you have greatly contributed to the strengthening of the ties between the University and the community at large," thus truly demonstrating "a scholarship of application of highest quality and impact."

 

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