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Flagler Forum speaker to address Washington's 'Colossal Mess'

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September 15, 2011

The Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy continues with a presentation on Oct. 6 from former Scripps Howard News Service editor and writer Dan K. Thomasson. A 47-year veteran of Washington reporting, Thomasson will talk on "The 'Colossal Mess' in Washington."

Thomasson has appeared on "Face the Nation," "Good Morning America," "The Today Show," "Washington Week in Review" and C-Span as a commentator and reporter on national affairs. He is a retired vice president of the E. W. Scripps Co. and retired editor of Scripps Howard News Service. He writes a twice-weekly column syndicated by Scripps Howard.

During the 60s and 70s, Thomasson was named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the nation's top investigative reporters, having covered every major scandal from Bobby Baker to Chappaquiddick to Watergate. He covered three presidential campaigns and every political convention from 1960 to 2004. In 1975, he authored a groundbreaking national exposé of fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid.

Thomasson has brought his long and decorated career in investigative reporting into the educational arena, having held positions at colleges and universities across the country. He has been editor-in-residence at West Point, Rhode Island University, William and Mary, Ohio University and the University of Hawaii. He was a presidential fellow at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and a media fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford. He is also a member of the White House Correspondent's Association, the Gridiron Club of Washington (president 1992) and the National Press Club. He was named to the Washington Journalism Hall of Fame in 1993.

For more than 30 years, the Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy has invited nationally recognized journalists and commentators to St. Augustine to discuss issues of importance in regional, state and federal government.

All forums take place in the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada St., at 7 p.m. Forums are free and open to the public, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language interpreters are provided. Call (904) 819-6400 or visit www.flagler.edu/our-community for more information.

The next Flagler Forum will be:

  • Nov. 3 - Margaret Talev, White House Correspondent, Bloomberg - "Hitting the Ceiling: The Economy and the 2012 Election"