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Journalism on the Frontlines: Covering the Trump Administration

Co-sponsored by the Reed College of Media and Ogden Newspapers Seminar Series

September 13, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Mountainlair Ballrooms

White House Press Briefing podium

Every administration has had its run-ins with the press, but the Trump Administration’s relationship with the media has been particularly rocky. President Trump has called the media “fake news”, and journalism, the “enemy of the American people”. His administration has restricted access to the White House press briefings and limited the flow of information to the journalists.

During our moderated-panel event, we will get to the heart of what it’s like as a media professional to cover the Trump Administration. We’ll also discuss why it is important, now more than ever, for journalists to ask the tough questions and to be the watchdogs of our democracy.


Moderator

Hoppy Kercheval, West Virginia MetroNews Network

A founding father of Metronews, Kercheval served as News Director until assuming the role of Vice President of Operations in 1991. In 1993, he created MetroNews Talkline, which has become a signature program of the network.

Panelists

Mark Landler, The New York Times | @MarkLandler
Mark Landler

Mark Landler is a White House correspondent at The New York Times. In 24 years at The Times, he has been a diplomatic correspondent, bureau chief in Hong Kong and Frankfurt, European economic correspondent and a business reporter in New York.

Tara McKelvey, BBC | @Tara_Mckelvey
Tara McKelvey

Tara Shannon McKelvey is a White House reporter for the BBC. Prior to her current position, McKelvey was a correspondent for Newsweek/The Daily Beast and has reported on topics which include national-security issues from the Middle East, South Asia and Russia.

Andrew Scritchfield, NBC | @ascritch
Andrew Scritchfield

Andrew Scritchfield (BSJ, 1998) is a Washington, D.C.-based photojournalist working for NBC News. In his career at NBC, Scritchfield has interviewed former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence among other major political figures. His video of Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly, taken during an Aug. 15 press conference concerning violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, went viral.

Katherine Skiba, the Chicago Tribune | @KatherineSkiba
Katherine Skiba

Katherine Skiba is the Washington correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. She writes about the White House, Congress, federal agencies, politics and campaigns, policy, political contributions and public corruption. She has been based in Washington since 2000 and reported on four presidents: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

Sarah Westwood, the Washington Examiner | @sarahcwestwood
Sarah Westwood

Sarah Westwood is a White House reporter for the Washington Examiner. She previously covered local government for the Marietta (Georgia) Daily Journal. Sarah Westwood appears frequently on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN and many talk radio programs, including WMAL’s “Mornings on the Mall” and WTOP News in Washington.