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Following The Flag Into Foreign Service

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It may not be a career for everyone, but working in the Foreign Service agrees with Lewis Lukens

He joined the State Department in the footsteps of his father, almost literally.  Lukens arrived in Senegal as U.S. Ambassador decades after his father worked in the embassy there. 

Lukens's job is now outreach and recruiting people interested in careers in the Foreign Service.  He visits Southern Oregon University to talk about the rewards and challenges of a diplomatic career, and stops by The Exchange with some stories.  


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.