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All-star political journalists talk primaries at Dartmouth

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 07/11/07 • Genevieve Haas • (603) 646-3661

Panel discussion to be led by author Ron Suskind
Ron Suskind
Moderator Ron Suskind, author of The One Percent Doctrine

As anyone living in New Hampshire knows, the presidential primary season focuses the national media spotlight on the Granite State as politicians try their hand at retail politics. With every election cycle, that season seems to start earlier and earlier, a trend both tracked and bolstered by the national media. On July 18, Dartmouth's Office of Public Affairs will sponsor the public panel discussion, "Reporting on the Primaries: There Has to Be A Better Way to Pick a President," featuring seven prominent national political journalists and co-hosted and moderated by Ron Suskind, the journalist and Pulitzer-prize winning author of A Hope in the Unseen, The Price of Loyalty, and most recently, The One Percent Doctrine.

Appearing on the panel will be:

  • Jonathan Alter, senior editor and columnist at Newsweek magazine;
  • Jackie Calmes, political columnist and national political correspondent for the Wall Street Journal;
  • David Chalian, political director for ABC News;
  • David Mark, senior editor for The Politico
  • Walter Shapiro, Washington bureau chief of Salon;
  • Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent at Time magazine;
  • Russ Walker, assistant managing editor for Nation and World at

The Frank K. Reagan 1909 Professor of Policy Studies Linda Fowler, who is also co-hosting the event, said, "With each passing election cycle, the presidential nomination system has gotten more chaotic. In 2008, things have gotten completely out of hand, posing enormous challenges for the candidates, the journalists who cover them, and the scholars who try to understand the bigger picture."  The panel of leading lights in the world of political journalism will be on hand to discuss those challenges, the implications for democracy and to take questions from the audience.

The panel discussion will be held on Wednesday, July 18 from 5-6 p.m. in Silsby Hall, room 28. The event is free and open to the public.

Dartmouth has television (satellite uplink) and radio (ISDN) studios available for domestic and international live and taped interviews. For more information, call 603-646-3661 or see our Radio, Television capability webpage.

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