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Florida Matters: U.S. State Department Assistant Secretary John Kirby

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US State Department
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Department Spokesperson John Kirby

Assistant Secretary of State and Department Spokesman John Kirby grew up in St. Petersburg, and graduated from St. Petersburg Catholic High School and the University of South Florida.

He's been an instructor at the Naval Academy, principal spokesman for the U.S. Navy, Pentagon press secretary, and he retired from the Navy last year with the rank of Rear Admiral.

Florida Matters' Robin Sussingham sat down with Assistant Secretary Kirby at the WUSF studio at USF St. Petersburg, and asked him about issues affecting the state, such as Cuba and the Cuban consulate, Syrian refugees, and more.

Robin is Senior Editor at WUSF, spearheading the station's podcasting initiatives and helping to guide the vision for special reporting projects and creative storytelling. She created The Zest, the station's podcast that's all about food, which she continues to host and serve as senior producer.