Join us for our next Public Affairs series featuring a lively discussion starring three of Minnesota's best known and most experienced political reporters. In an era where everyone with a Twitter account has become a "reporter," how do journalists balance the need for speed with fact-checking and ethical standards? Learn how political reporting has evolved and what's coming next.
Bill Salisbury is the dean of the Minnesota Capitol Press Corps. He's been a reporter with the Saint Paul Pioneer Press since 1977, with service both at the State Capitol and the paper's Washington, DC bureau. In 2008 he received the prestigious Graven Award for his consistent, accurate, thorough and tenacious reporting. He earned a degree in history from the University of Minnesota-Morris.
Mary Lahammer has been a program host and political reporter for Twin Cities Public Television since 1998. She has won several Emmys and other awards for anchoring, reporting, producing and photography. Mary holds degrees in Journalism and Mass Communications and Constitutional Law History from the University of Minnesota.
Pat Kessler of WCCO-TV has been on beat longer than any other TV reporter in the Twin Cities, covering state government, politics, campaigns and conventions since 1984, winning numerous awards along the way. Pat’s popular "Reality Check" segments separate fact from fiction in a political world that is often more fiction than fact. He studied English and journalism at Macalester College.
Moderator Brian McClung spent nearly six years working (and sometimes doing battle) with these three reporters and the rest of the Capitol Press Corps as Governor Tim Pawlenty's chief spokesman. Last June, Brian ventured into the private sector, launching a new firm -- McClung Communications & Public Relations, LLC. He has a degree in Journalism & Mass Communications from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
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