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Discussion One Week after Election Will Focus on Campaign News Coverage and Future Impact of New Administration

WHAT:   An American Forum:  Politics and Pundits—The Promises of the New Presidency and the Press panel discussion

WHO: Dotty Lynch, executive in residence, AU’s School of Communication and political consultant, CBS News   
- Gebe Martinez, regular contributing columnist for Politico
- Tony Romm, political editor, the Eagle
- Tom Rosenstiel, director, Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism
- Bob Schieffer, host of Face the Nation and chief Washington correspondent, CBS News
- Mark McDonald, senior director of programming, WAMU 88.5 (moderator)

WHERE: Room 1, Ward Circle Building, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 11
MEDIA: Maggie Barrett, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5951 or
WASHINGTON, D.C.—One week after election day 2008, a renowned broadcast news journalist, a top political consultant, a media analyst, and a college political writer will reflect on the media’s coverage of the presidential campaign during An American Forum: Politics and Pundits—The Promises of the New Presidency and the Press.

The event, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 11 in Room 1 of the Ward Circle Building on the university’s main campus. 

Washington is in for change starting January 20, 2009, and expectations are high.  How will what many consider to be the most-covered presidential campaign in history impact the United States? Who will be the players for the next four years? What were the key media moments? Were the media stricken with “Obamamania,” as has been charged, or were they even-handed in their coverage?

The discussion will be broadcast live on WAMU 88.5 FM.  Mark McDonald, senior director of programming at WAMU, will be the moderator.

Panelists are Dotty Lynch, a CBS news analyst and executive in residence at AU’s School of Communication; Gebe Martinez, a regular contributing columnist for Politico; Tony Romm, political editor at  the Eagle, AU’s student-run newspaper; Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism; and Bob Schieffer, host of Face the Nation and chief Washington correspondent for CBS News.

An American Forum is a series of panel discussions that brings together academics, journalists, elected officials, and public policy makers to address and debate critical issues.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.