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2016 Wonk of the Year

Donna Brazile headshot with text that reads

Wonk of the Year

This year's honoree is political strategist Donna Brazile, who will receive the Wonk of the Year award and speak at AU's Bender Arena on Thursday, March 24.

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KPU

Kennedy Political Union logo Kennedy Political Union logo

The Kennedy Political Union (KPU) is American University’s non-partisan, student-run, student-funded speakers bureau.

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About the Award

The Wonk of the Year award recognizes a well-known individual who represents the embodiment of a wonk—someone smart, passionate, focused, and engaged who uses their knowledge and influence to create meaningful change in the world.

2015 WONK OF THE YEAR

Laura Bush at AU. Laura Bush at AU.

American University and the Kennedy Political Union honored former First Lady Laura Bush as Wonk of the Year for 2015.

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2013 Wonk of the Year

Anderson Cooper Accepts Award Anderson Cooper Accepts Award

American University and the Kennedy Political Union (KPU) honored Anderson Cooper as Wonk of the Year for 2013.

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2012 WONK OF THE YEAR

President Bill Clinton President Bill Clinton

President Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, accepts the 2012 Wonk of the Year Award.

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