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Tuesday, September 15

Stan Collender

"Washington in the Era of Political Madness"

Stan Collender

Stan Collender, the national director of financial communications at Qorvis MSLGROUP in Washington, D.C., is one of the foremost experts on the federal budget, federal spending and revenues, the national debt and the congressional budget process. He has appeared on television and radio, including all of the broadcast networks and multiple interviews on Marketplace and other National Public Radio programs. He has also been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times and appeared repeatedly on foreign channels. In addition, Collender is the founder of “Capital Gains and Games,” an economic blog that was named one of the top 25 in the United States by the Wall Street Journal in 2009, is the author of The Guide to the Federal Budget and has been involved with the congressional budget process since 1974. In 1998, President Bill Clinton appointed him to the presidential commission that studied whether the U.S. should have a capital budget. He holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree from New York University.


Tuesday, October 6

Alan Gomez

USA Today immigration reporter

Alan Gomez

Alan Gomez is a Miami-based reporter and columnist for USA Today, where he covers immigration, including federal and state efforts to fix the nation’s immigration system. He has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Havana, Mexico and Guantanamo Bay. In recent years, he's focused on congressional attempts to pass immigration reform, state efforts to deal with the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants and the politics surrounding those issues. To that end, he's traveled most of the southwest border from California to Texas, and reported throughout Latin America. Prior to his work on immigration, he covered state and national politics, police, courts and the military. He’s also covered hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, forest fires, earthquakes and suicide squirrels. Prior to his work with USA Today, Gomez served as a news reporter for the Pensacola News Journal and The Palm Beach Post. The son of Cuban immigrants, he was born and raised in Miami.


Thursday, November 19

Ken Walsh

"Celebrity in Chief: The Presidency and the Culture of Stardom, and the 2016 Presidential Race"

Ken Walsh

Kenneth T. Walsh is the chief White House correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, author of “The Presidency” column for The U.S. News Report, and writer of a daily blog called “Ken Walsh’s Washington” at He has won the two most prestigious awards for White House coverage: the Aldo Beckman Award (twice) and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency (three times). In 2006, he won the Fitzwater Prize for Leadership in Public Communication presented by the Fitzwater Center at Franklin Pierce College. Walsh makes frequent television appearances on networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, and C-SPAN, and is often a guest on radio programs across the country. He is also an adjunct professorial instructor at American University in Washington, D.C. He has written seven books, including Celebrity in Chief: A History of the Presidents and the Culture of Stardom (2015) and has conducted numerous interviews over the years with Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Herbert Walker Bush and Ronald Reagan. Walsh earned a master’s degree in communication from American University in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. in journalism from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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Thursday, January 21

Sandy Johnson

"The New Media Landscape. How changes in the news business affect voters, the candidates, and ultimately the President"

Sandy Johnson 

Sandy K. Johnson is president and chief operating officer of the National Press Foundation and former Washington bureau chief for the Associated Press, where she oversaw coverage of the federal government, elections and politics and worked with AP journalists nationally and internationally. At AP, she directed its political coverage for 22 years, including 14 years of exit poll expertise and calling races. Under her direction, AP refused to call the 2000 presidential race for George W. Bush despite enormous pressure after the television networks made the erroneous projection. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her decision, and subsequently was awarded the Presidential Award by the Associated Press Managing Editors. Johnson served on NPF’s Board of Directors from 2001 to 2014 and was chairman of the Board from 2007 to 2008. She has also held senior management positions at AARP Bulletin, the Center for Public Integrity and Stateline and is a member of Gridiron Club, National Press Club, ASNE and the Online News Association.


Thursday, February 11

Dan Fagin

"Connecting the Dots in Toms River and Beyond"

Dan Fagin

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who writes frequently about environmental science, Dan Fagin is also a science journalism professor at New York University. His book, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer for General Nonfiction, as well as the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, the National Academies Science Book Award and the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. Dan’s recent publications include The New York TimesScientific American, Nature and Slate. Before joining the NYU faculty in 2005, Dan was the environmental writer at Newsday for 15 years. He has won both of the best-known science journalism prizes in the U.S.: the Science Journalism Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers. At NYU, Dan is an associate professor of journalism at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and the director of the masters-level Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP).


Thursday, March 17

Doyle McManus

Los Angeles Times correspondent; commentator for PBS and NPR

Doyle McManus

Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, has reported on wars, revolutions and presidential campaigns for more than 30 years. His twice-weekly column appears on the op-ed page of the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers nationwide. McManus is a four-time winner of the National Press Club's Edwin Hood Award for reporting on U.S. foreign policy, most recently for articles on the U.S. occupation of Iraq. He is the co-author of three books, including Landslide: The Unmaking of the President 1984-88, named one of the notable books of 1988 by The New York Times. McManus has covered every presidential election since 1984, and in 2008, he was a moderator at Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama’s presidential primary debate in Los Angeles. He appears frequently on PBS’s Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and NPR’s Diane Rehm Show and his work appears in the Los Angeles Times, on PBS’s Washington Week, and in other national newspapers. He is a former Fulbright scholar and is a graduate of Stanford University.


Lecture Details

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.

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    Allan Sloan

    Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015

    Allan Sloan

    Senior editor-at-large, Fortune Magazine
    Topic: Don't be Snowed by Big Numbers and Fine Print
    Bio: Allan Sloan is a senior editor-at-large at FORTUNE, where he writes a column on business andfinance. The column also runs in the Business section of the Washington Post.

    Sloan was previously Newsweek's Wall Street editor. Before his 12-year stint at Newsweek, he was a columnist at Newsday and also held positions at Forbes and Money, among other publications.

    Sloan is a seven-time winner of the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award, business journalism's highest honor. He has received Loeb awards in four different decades in four different categories for five different employers, one of which is FORTUNE. He has won numerous other awards and honors during his 40-year business-journalism career. In 2001 he received both the Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.??

    Sloan received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.S. from Columbia Journalism School. A native of Brooklyn, he resides in New Jersey with his wife. They have threegrown children and two grandchildren.

    Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

    Evan Thomas

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

    Evan Thomas

    Topic: Eisenhower: A Study in Presidential Leadership
    Bio: Evan Thomas is the former Editor-at-Large of Newsweek, having served as the magazine’s lead writer on major news stories and the author of many longer features, including Newsweek’s special behind-the-scenes issues on presidential elections, and more than a hundred cover stories.
    For ten years, 1986-1996, Thomas was Newsweek’s Washington bureau chief after serving as Assistant Managing Editor from 1991 to 2006.
    Thomas is the author of six books, all published by Simon & Schuster: “Sea of Thunder,” about the war in the Pacific (2006), a New York Times bestseller; “John Paul Jones,” a biography of the American revolutionary (2003), a New York Times bestseller; “Robert Kennedy: His Life” (2000); “The Very Best Men: The Early Years of the CIA” (1995); “The Man to See: The Life of Edward Bennett Williams” (1991); and “The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made” (with Walter Isaacson, 1986).
    In the fall of 2007 he began a five-year term at Princeton as Ferris Professor of Journalism and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the Society of American Historians and a former trustee of the Thomas JeffersonCenter for the Protection of Free Expression.
    He is a graduate of Harvard and the University of Virginia Law School. He lives with his wife and two children in Washington, D.C.

    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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    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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