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David Gregory

David Gregory

David Gregory is a journalist and the moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” In addition to his “Meet the Press” responsibilities, Gregory is a regular contributor for “Today” and serves as a back-up anchor for the broadcast. He is also a regular contributor and analyst on MSNBC, and lends his voice and reporting to all NBC News broadcasts including coverage of special events. Gregory first joined NBC News in 1995, and has covered many high-profile beats and stories, including George W. Bush’s presidency, the attacks on September 11, 2001, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, three presidential campaigns and the O.J. Simpson trial, among others. Earning a reputation for being one of the toughest questioners of President Bush and his press secretaries, Washingtonian magazine named Gregory one of Washington’s 50 best and most influential journalists, labeling him the “firebrand in the front row.” A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies. In 2005, Gregory was named the School of International Service’s alumnus of the year and now sits on the Dean’s advisory council.

Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas is the Technology and Innovations editor of the Huffington Post. Previously, he was a national political reporter for the Washington Post, where he broke new ground with his in-depth coverage of the Internet's impact on politics. He also wrote about video game culture and race and demographics, among other topics, and his 2006 series on HIV/AIDS in Washington inspired a feature-length documentary, The Other City, slated for release next year. In 2008, he won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team that covered the Virginia Tech massacre. A newspaper reporter for 11 years, he's also written for the Philadelphia Daily News and the San Francisco Chronicle, and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He currently sits on the advisory board for the Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, housed at American University. He lives in New York City.

David Corn

David Corn

David Corn is the Washington bureau chief of Mother Jones magazine and a columnist for PoliticsDaily.com. Prior to that, he was the Washington editor of The Nation magazine for twenty years. He writes on a host of subjects, including politics, the White House, Congress and the national security establishment. Among his many writing credits are The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsday, Huffington Post and Salon. He has written both novels and non-fiction, including several best sellers. Corn has long been a prominent commentator on television and radio, including appearances on MSNBC, Fox News, PBS, CNN, ABC, C-SPAN, NPR and BBC Radio.

David H. Winston

David H. Winston is Republican strategist, and the president and founder of The Winston Group. Aside from his extensive work with political campaigns, Winston has also served as senior leadership staff in Congress and as a senior fellow to a prominent Washington, D.C., think tank. He has worked as director of planning for the Speaker of the House, as a Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, with former House Republican Conference Chair JC Watts, and with the European Ideas Network. Other international experience includes conducting public opinion and market research in various foreign nations, including Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. Winston served as Chief Information Officer for the Republican National Committee under four chairpersons, beginning with the late Lee Atwater.

Erin McPike

Erin McPike is a political reporter for CongressDaily, and has worked for three different National Journal platforms in her four years with the organization. She has always covered campaign politics, and currently covers all Senate and House races, the national political landscape and political trends. In that capacity, she has broken several high-profile stories. She also served as National Journal’s lead reporter for Conventional Nightly, which published every night at both parties’ conventions in the summer of 2008. Prior to joining CongressDaily in February 2008, she covered Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign on the road for NBC News and the National Journal for print, broadcast and online purposes. She began at the end of 2005 with National Journal’s website, where she covered the polling and media strategy of political campaigns. Her National Journal reporting has been cited by many broadcast, print and online publications. She also freelances at Campaigns & Elections magazine, where she interned while in college. McPike graduated magna cum laude with two University Honors bachelor’s degrees from American University’s School of Communication and School of Public Affairs.


Jane Hall

Jane Hall (Moderator)

Jane Hall is an associate professor in the School of Communication at American University. She has been the moderator of the American Forum series on WAMU 88.5 since 2001, and specializes in writing about the intersection of media and politics, as well as media ethics. Hall is an expert on young people and the news the depiction of women in the media and politics. She has extensive experience serving as a TV media expert and commentator. She was a weekly panelist on Fox News Channel’s media analysis program, “Fox News Watch,” from the beginning of Fox News Channel until this year; she debated Bill O’Reilly and Bernie Goldberg about the media in a highly rated weekly segment on “The O’Reilly Factor,” the highest rated program in cable news, for two years. Hall has also made regular appearances on CNN’s Reliable Sources, NPR, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and PBS’s Charlie Rose. She is interviewed regularly about politics and media in the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press and numerous other publications. Hall is a frequent contributor to Columbia Journalism Review, the Harvard International Journal of Press and Politics and other publications. She covered the media for The Los Angeles Times for nine years, where she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of The Lost Angeles Times Editor’s Awards and the Los Angeles Press Club Award. She speaks frequently to college and academic audiences about media. A native of Abilene, Texas, Hall attended Mills College in Oakland, California, and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.