Graham Center Presents "Media and the Presidency"

Above: The Graham Center for Public Service will present “Media and the Presidency,” as part of the Graham Presidential Lecture Series: The Path to the White House.

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Graham Center Presents "Media and the Presidency"

April 10, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—The Graham Center for Public Service will present “Media and the Presidency,” as part of the Graham Presidential Lecture Series: The Path to the White House on April 17 at 7 p.m. in Pugh Hall’s Ocora. The free public event will feature Matt Bai, political writer for New York Times Magazine, and Joe Trippi, political campaigner and author of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” Bai and Trippi’s discussion will be moderated by Tom Fiedler, former executive editor of The Miami Herald. Free tickets will be available in the Graham Center office, Room 220 Pugh Hall, beginning Friday, April 11.

Matt Bai writes about national politics for New York Times Magazine, where is currently covering the 2008 presidential campaign. Before joining the magazine in 2002, he spent five years as a national correspondent for Newsweek. He is the author of The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics.

Joe Trippi began his political career working on Edward M. Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1980. His work in presidential politics continued with the campaigns of Walter Mondale, Gary Hart, and Richard Gephardt. He served as a senior adviser for John Edwards’ presidential campaign in 2008, and is most known for launching Howard Dean’s online election strategy during the 2004 primary season.

Tom Fiedler recently retired after 34 years at The Miami Herald. He’s currently on faculty at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he serves as the Visiting Murrow Lecturer of the Practice of Press and Public Policy and is a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. His investigative reporting was included in a series that captured the Pulitzer Prize for The Miami Herald in 1991.

"This should be a phenomenal program,” said Michael Bowen, assistant director of the Graham Center. “All three individuals bring an in-depth knowledge of contemporary politics to the stage and their discussion of today’s issues will no doubt be lively and informative.”

The Bob Graham Center for Public Service provides students with opportunities to train for future leadership positions, meet policymakers, and take courses in critical thinking, language learning and studies of world cultures. Its mission is to foster public leadership and solve issues related to the Americas and homeland security. 



Michael Bowen, Assistant Director of the Graham Center for Public Service
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