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On Tuesday, Mar. 27, the Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy welcomes the return of Jim Toedtman, editor of AARP Bulletin. Toedtman is an annual visitor to the College and offers a unique and engaging perspective on political issues. His presentation this year is entitled "The Citizens' Agenda for Campaign 2012."

Toedtman has been covering politics and public policy for more than 25 years. Before taking the editorship of AARP Bulletin, he was a reporter and editor for the Boston Herald, the Baltimore News American and Newsday. He has covered local government, Congress and the White House and has reported from three continents. His editorials for the News American won first place in the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association in 1982, 1984 and 1985. He was member of a team of reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He also won a special citation from the Inter-American Press Association for a series of reports from Central America.

In 2001, Toedtman predicted that New York City would be the target of a terrorist attack, most probably by a group directed by Osama bin Laden and named Al Qaeda. That was seven months before the 9/11 attacks. Subsequently, he has forecast a wave of corporate corruption scandals (before Enron) and an Iraq war that would be more complicated and take longer than initially predicted. This year marks Toedtman's 13th Flagler Forum appearance.

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. If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days' notice. Call (904) 819-6400 or visit for more information on this series.

The Flagler Forum will return for its 2012-2013 season in September. For Flagler College news and events visit