CHF 2008: Thinking Big
2008 Election Results
A Distinguished Roundtable
Click play to listen. Recorded on November 7, 2008.
Prominent American journalists from various media assessed the results of the 2008 presidential election and looked ahead to the challenges facing then President-elect Barack Obama's nascent administration. Panelists included Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter; Chicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet; founder/publisher of the progressive blog Daily Kos Markos Moulitsas; and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington. Former Chicago Tribune editor Charles Madigan, now presidential writer in residence at Roosevelt University, moderated.
Generously sponsored by the McCormick Foundation.
Jonathan Alter is a columnist for Bloomberg View and an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. He is a former senior editor and columnist for Newsweek, where he worked for twenty-eight years, writing more than fifty cover stories. He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and other publications. He is the author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One and The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, both New York Times bestsellers.
Charles M. Madigan spent forty years in journalism before joining Roosevelt University in Chicago as Presidential Writer- in-Residence. He has worked as senior correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and the editor of the Tribune's "Perspective" section. He is the editor of Global Chicago and co-author of Dangerous Company: Management Consultants and the Businesses They Save and Ruin.
Markos Moulitsas Zúniga
Markos Moulitsas Zúniga is founder and publisher of Daily Kos, the largest progressive community blog in the United States. Moulitsas is also co-author of the critically acclaimed book Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics, author of Taking on the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era, a contributing columnist to Newsweek and a weekly columnist at the newspaper The Hill.
Lynn Sweet is the Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times. She writes a column and a blog for the paper. She has covered politics and government from Chicago's street brawls to the White House. A Chicago native, she holds a master's from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2007 Sweet was inducted into Medill's Hall of Achievement and the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame.
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