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Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy

Thursday, Jan. 29

Jon Sawyer & Kem Sawyer

Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer and Contributing Editor Kem Knapp Sawyer will speak at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL on January 29, 2015.

The two will give a public lecture "Brave New World: Telling Global Stories in a New Media Age" in which they will address the challenges of covering global news at a time of web overload and under-resourced legacy media—and the new approaches toward addressing those challenges by non-profits like the Pulitzer Center. They'll also discuss their e-book Congo's Children, which was released in 2014. Jon and Kem have reported together from India, Bangladesh, Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo, for outlets that include The Washington Post, The Atlantic, PBS NewsHour, and Christian Science Monitor.

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Jon Sawyer

Jon SawyerJon Sawyer is executive director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit that promotes in-depth engagement with global affairs through its sponsorship of quality international journalism across all media platforms and an innovative program of outreach and education.

Sawyer became the Center's founding director after a 31‐year career with the St. Louis Post Dispatch, including 12 years as the newspaper’s Washington bureau chief. He was selected three years in a row for the National Press Club's award for best foreign reporting. His work has also been honored by the Overseas Press Club, a national Emmy, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Inter‐American Press Association, and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Sawyer studied English literature and history at Yale University. He has held journalism fellowships at Princeton and Harvard universities.

Kem Sawyer

Kem SawyerKem Knapp Sawyer is a contributing editor at the Pulitzer Center, working with journalists and university students on international reporting projects. Her own reporting includes writing on children at risk in CongoHaitiBangladesh, and India. She co-authored the Congo's Children e-book with Jon Sawyer.

Her books for young readers include Refugees: Seeking a Safe Haven, The Underground Railroad in American History, Lucretia Mott: Friend of Justice, Freedom Calls: Journey of a Slave Girl, and biographies of Nelson Mandela, Mohandas Gandhi, Anne Frank, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

A graduate of Yale University, Kem Sawyer majored in English and French. She has taught creative dramatics in elementary schools, English and drama in high school, and writing in the BFA program at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Visit

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Evan Thomas

Author, Journalist, former editor-at-large, Newsweek

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Tuesday, March 10

Allan Sloan

Senior editor-at-large, Fortune Magazine

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All lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Lewis Auditorium located at 14 Granada Street. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Previous Speakers

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Paul Taylor

Author and Executive Vice President for Special Projects for Pew Research Center

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"The Next America"

“The key factors driving demographic change in the early 21st century really are immigration, the aging of the baby boom generation, the increase in longevity, the decline in marriage and the rise of economic inequality,” says Taylor. “All of these changes have produced an American population in which young and old don't look, think or vote alike. And while generation gaps are nothing new, today's are unusually large, and potentially fraught.”

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Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Jennifer Preston

Reporter and editor, New York Times

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“Reporting and Storytelling in the Age of Social Media”

“A lot of journalists focus on using these tools to build their brands. That is important, of course,” says Preston. “But it is also important that we keep the focus on how we can use these tools for journalism.”

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Jennifer Preston Interview: Reporting and Storytelling in the Age of Social Media - Highlights

Jennifer Preston Interview: Reporting and Storytelling in the Age of Social Media - Full Interview

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Healthcare Industry Professional Panel

John Rother, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Health Care, Joseph Gordy, President and CEO of Flagler Hospital, and Howard Gleckman, author of “Caring for Our Parents: Inspiring Stories of Families Seeking New Solutions to America’s Most Urgent Health Care Crisis.” 

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 “Obamacare: A Year Later"

One year after the unveiling of President Barack Obama's highly controversial healthcare overhaul, industry professionals gathered to discuss the program.

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