October 23, 2014 — The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, located at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), announced that this year’s Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics will be jointly delivered by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, managing editors of Bloomberg Politics. The lecture will take place Monday, December 1, 2014, at 6 p.m. in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at HKS. The event will also feature the awarding of the David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism to David Rogers of Politico.
The Theodore H. White Lectureship on Press and Politics commemorates the life of the reporter and historian who set the standard for contemporary political journalism and campaign coverage. Past lecturers include Rachel Maddow, Alan K. Simpson, Ben Bradlee, Judy Woodruff, William F. Buckley, Jr. and Congressman John Lewis.
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are managing editors of Bloomberg Politics and hosts of Bloomberg TV’s “With All Due Respect.” They are also best-selling co-authors of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, Palin and McCain, and the Race of a Lifetime and Double Down: Game Change 2012, about the 2008 and 2012 presidential election campaigns. Game Change was adapted into a 2012 HBO movie.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Mark Halperin was an editor-at-large and senior political analyst at Time magazine. He is a graduate of Harvard College, and was a joint Fellow at the Institute of Politics and the Shorenstein Center in 2007. John Heilemann came to Bloomberg from New York Magazine, where he served as national affairs editor and columnist. Heilemann is a graduate of Northwestern University and received an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School in 1990.
David Rogers has covered Congress for more than 30 years and joined the staff of Politico in January 2008. He was drafted and sent to Vietnam and served as a combat infantry medic in 1969. He went on to work for the Boston Globe. He was recruited by the Wall Street Journal in 1983 to report on Capitol Hill, and was regarded as “the gold standard for congressional reporters.”