2004 Archive


  • 12/9: “Creating and Framing the Message.” Brown-bag lunch with Mark McKinnon, President George W. Bush’s senior media advisor and strategist.
  • 12/3: “Investigative Reporting in the Bush Administration.” Brown-bag lunch with Jane Mayer, the Washington correspondent for the New Yorker magazine.
  • 12/2: Theodore H. White Seminar. A panel discussion with William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard; Andrew Kohut, president, Pew Research Center; Dotty Lynch, senior political editor, CBS News; Theda Skocpol, Victor C. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University; Evan Thomas, Edward R. Murrow Visiting Professor of the Practice of  Press and Public Policy; and Carlos Watson, political analyst, CNN. Moderated by Alex S. Jones, Director of the Joan Shorenstein Center.
  • 12/1: “The Meaning of the 2004 Election.” William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, delivers Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics.
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  • 11/22: “Managing  a News Organization.” Brown-bag lunch with Ann McDaniel, vice president for human resources at the Washington Post Company.  Before joining the corporate office of the Washington Post Company, McDaniel was managing editor of Newsweek magazine.
  • 11/18: “The Policy of News:  What Does the Public Want?” Brown-bag lunch with Barbara Cochran, president, Radio-Television News Directors Association.
  • 11/17: “Corporate Social Responsibility and the Media.” Talk by Richard Lambert, member, Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England and former editor-in-chief of the Financial Times
  • 11/16: “Hard News: The Scandals at the New York Times and Their Meaning for American Media.” Brown-bag lunch with Seth Mnookin, author of Hard News.
  • 11/9: “The Next Four Years: Perspectives of Black Columnists.” Panel discussion with Donna Britt of the Washington Post, Joe Davidson of National Public Radio and Black Entertainment Television, Derrick Jackson of the Boston Globe, Rochelle Riley of Detroit Free Press and Dewayne Wickham of USA Today and Gannett News Service. The panel was moderated by Thomas Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at the Kennedy School.
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  • 11/9: “How He Won and Now What?” Brown-bag lunch with Evan Thomas, assistant managing editor of Newsweek magazine and the Edward R. Murrow Visiting Professor of the Practice of the Press and Public Policy.
  • 11/4: “A Conversation with Sam Donaldson.” Sam Donaldson is a 30-year veteran of ABC News, former host of This Week and currently host of Trail Mix on the ABC digital channel, ABCNewsNow.  Co-sponsored with the Institute of Politics.
  • 11/2: “The 2004 Presidential Election — The Bad, the Worse and the Ugly.” Brown-bag lunch with Tom Oliphant, a national political columnist for the Boston Globe based in Washington. During his years at the Globe, he has covered every presidential campaign since Richard Nixon’s election in 1968.


  • 10/26: “On the Firing Line as a Public Editor.” Brown-bag lunch with Daniel Okrent, public editor for the New York Times.
  • 10/25: “The Iraq war: Betrayal of the world, of the United States, and of an American family.” Brown-bag lunch with Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council in the Clinton administration, responsible for the coordination of U.S. policy to the 48 countries of sub-Saharan Africa. He is the author of The Politics of Truth.
  • 10/19: “Is TV News Obsolete?” Brown-bag lunch with Kathleen Matthews, the producer, reporter, and news anchor at WJLA-TV, in Washington, D.C.
  • 10/18: “CBS and Document-gate: Bringing in Outside Sleuths to Clean up a Media Scandal.” Brown-bag lunch with Mark Jurkowitz, media critic for the Boston Globe.
  • 10/12: “The Media and Caucus Expectations:  Did Iowa Pick the Wrong Guy?” Brown-bag lunch with David Yepsen, a columnist who writes about state and national politics for the Des Moines Register.
  • 10/11: “Election USA.” Two-part panel discussion presented by the Shorenstein Center, the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and the BBC. The two panels, “America and the World” and “America at Home,” were moderated by Stephen Sackur, BBC Europe correspondent and a former Kennedy School student. Panelists included Madeleine Albright, Richard Holbrooke, Graham Allison, Shibley Telhami, Clare Short, George Soros, Helle Dale, Frank Gaffney, and R. James Woolsey.
  • 10/4: “The FCC, Indecency, and the First Amendment.” Brown-bag lunch with Frederick Schauer, Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the author of Profiles, Probabilities and Stereotypes, among other books.


  • 9/28: “God Willing?  Political Fundamentalism in the White House, ‘The War on Terror,’ and the Echoing Press.” Brown-bag lunch with David Domke, an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington and author of God Willing?
  • 9/21: “Air War 2004:  Television Advertising and Media Coverage in the Presidential Campaign.” Brown-bag lunch with Darrell West, the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and director of the Taubman Center at Brown University.  He is a frequent commentator on media and elections.


  • 8/28: “The Press and the Election.” Panel discussion in New York before the Republican National Convention. The panel featured Jill Abramson, David Gergen, Al Hunt, Joe Klein, and John Podhoretz and was moderated by Alex S. Jones.
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  • 7/25: “The Press and the Election.” Panel discussion before the Democratic National Convention. The panel featured Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Jim Lehrer, Dan Rather and Judy Woodruff and was moderated by Alex S. Jones.
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  • 4/28: “If the News Is so Bad, Why Are Presidential Polls So High? Presidents, the News Media, and the Mass Public in an Era of New Media.” Brown-bag lunch with Jeff Cohen, professor of political science at Fordham University.
  • 4/27: “Afghanistan and the Media.” Sultan Sarwar, a presenter, producer and reporter for Radio Free Afghan; and Shugufa Anwarit, a reporter and producer for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, will talk about journalism in Afghanistan.
  • 4/26: “Soft Power and the War on Terror.” Brown-bag lunch with Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Dean of the Kennedy School of Government and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.
  • 4/23: “The  Changing Perception of Journalism in a Politically Polarized Environment.” Brown-bag lunch with Lester Holt, the lead anchor for daytime news and breaking news coverage on MSNBC. He also served as anchor of Countdown: Iraq and Operation Iraqi Freedom, a nightly news telecast concentrating on the latest developments surrounding the war with Iraq, from October 2002 through May 2003.
  • 4/21: Brown-bag lunch with Howard French, senior writer for the New York Times and author of A Continent for the Taking.
  • 4/20: “Coverage of the War on Terror — Notes from a National Security Analyst.” Brown-bag lunch with Juliette N. Kayyem, adjunct lecturer and a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and national security analyst at NBC News.
  • 4/16: “The Culture Wars in an Election Year.” Brown-bag lunch with Frank Rich, associate editor and culture columnist at the New York Times.
  • 4/15: “Covering the War Presidency.” Brown-bag lunch with Carla Robbins, the chief diplomatic correspondent at the Wall Street Journal.
  • 4/13: “Hacking the Media — Global Attention, Blogs and Other Ways to Rewire Mainstream Media.” Brown-bag lunch with Ethan Zuckerman is a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. One of his many projects is a study of “global media attention” examining why major media outlets tend to report more thoroughly on rich nations than on poor ones.
  • 4/7: “A Report from Haiti.” Brown-bag lunch with Jonathan Moore, a member of the United Nations Assessment Mission to Haiti in March 2004. He an associate of the Shorenstein Center. Co-sponsored with the Institute of Politics.
  • 4/6: “Intelligence and Terrorism.” Brown-bag lunch with Jack Grierson, who served with the CIA for 30 years, mostly as a clandestine service officer in the Middle East and as an operations manager.


  • 3/24: “From the Blue-Collar Midwest to Globe Columnist: An Ordinary Kid in an Extraordinary Job.” Brown-bag lunch with Derrick Jackson, columnist for the Boston Globe.
  • 3/18: Goldsmith Seminar: “The Present and Future of Investigative Reporting.” Participants are the Goldsmith Investigative Prize finalists from the Dayton Daily News, Gannett New Jersey Newspapers, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post and WTVF-TV (Nashville, Tenn.).
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  • 3/17: The Goldsmith Awards Ceremony with Linda Greenhouse, Supreme Court Correspondent, the New York Times. The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy presents the Goldsmith Investigative Reporting Prize and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism.
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  • 3/16: “Whose Side Are You On? The Media in the War on Terror.” Brown-bag lunch with David Frum, contributing editor to the National Review, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, author of The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush and co-author with Richard Perle of An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror.
  • 3/12: “The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America’s Military.” Brown-bag lunch with Dana Priest, who covers the intelligence community for the Washington Post and is the author of The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America’s Military.
  • 3/9: “Cold War, Cool Medium: Television, McCarthyism, and American Culture.” Brown-bag lunch with Tom Doherty, professor of American Studies at Brandeis University. Professor Doherty’s talk occurs on the 50-year anniversary to the day of Edward R. Murrow’s famous broadcast of “See It Now: A Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy.”
  • 3/2: “24 Days: How Two Wall Street Journal Reporters Uncovered the Lies that Destroyed Faith in Corporate America.” John Emshwiller, senior national correspondent at the Wall Street Journal and author of 24 Days.
  • 3/1: “U.S. Political Dynasties.” A public address by Kevin Phillips, author of American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush, commentator for NPR and the Los Angeles Times, and occasionally writes for Time and Harper’s magazines. Co-sponsored by the Institute of Politics.


  • 2/24: “Moral and Immoral Aspects of American Foreign Policy: Reconsiderations from the Niebuhr Perspective.” A panel discussion with Elisabeth Sifton, senior vice president of Farrar Straus and Giroux, publisher of Hill and Wang, and author of The Serenity Prayer: Faith and Politics in Times of Peace and War, a memoir of her father, Reinhold Niebuhr; Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government; J. Bryan Hehir, president of Catholic Charities USA; and Richard Parker, lecturer in public policy, Kennedy School of Government and senior fellow, Joan Shorenstein Center.
  • 2/24: “Political Reporter: Biting the Hand that Feeds You.” Brown-bag lunch with Lynn Sweet, fellow at the Institute of Politics and the Washington bureau chief of the Chicago Sun-Times.
  • 2/19: “The Phantom Candidate.” Discussion with Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst and a contributing editor to the Atlantic Monthly, National Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.
  • 2/17: “Reporting Atrocity: War, Neutrality, and the Danger of Taking Sides.” Brown-bag lunch with Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide. She is a lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government and was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
  • 2/10: “Voters and the Primaries.” Brown-bag lunch with Thomas Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at the Kennedy School of Government and director of research, Joan Shorenstein Center. He is the author of several books including The Vanishing Voter and Out of Order.