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Journalism on the Frontlines: Covering the Trump Administration

Journalism on the Frontlines: Covering the Trump Administration 

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

Mountainlair Ballrooms 

Watch a replay of the panel discussion webcast.

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. 


Hoppy Kercheval, West Virginia MetroNews Network

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The radio “dean” of West Virginia broadcasters, Hoppy Kercheval joined West Virginia Radio Corporation in 1976. Through the years, Hoppy’s assignments have spanned the gamut to include news, sports and talk. A native of Summit Point in Jefferson County, Hoppy began as a news anchor/reporter at WAJR in Morgantown while still attending West Virginia University. After graduating with honors from WVU, Kercheval took over as news director at WAJR and began carving an identity as one of the leading broadcasters in West Virginia. 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. 


Mark Landler, The New York Times

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Mark Landler is a White House correspondent at The New York Times. In 24 years at The Times, he has been diplomatic correspondent, bureau chief in Hong Kong and Frankfurt, European economic correspondent and a business reporter in New York. He is the author of “Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the Twilight Struggle over American Power” (Random House). 

Tara McKelvey, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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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. She began her journalism career as a clerk at The New York Times, following her graduation from Georgetown University. Tara is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review and The American Prospect as well as a contributing editor of Marie Claire. 

Katherine Skiba, the Chicago Tribune


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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. Ms. Skiba joined the Tribune’s Washington Bureau in 2009 during Obama’s first year in the White House.

A third-generation Chicagoan, she worked prior to that for U.S. News & World Report, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Minneapolis Star.

Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner

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Sarah Westwood is a White House reporter for the Washington Examiner. Prior to covering the Trump administration, she was the Examiner's investigative reporter for two years. She was a 2015 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow through the Fund for American Studies, and she graduated from the National Journalism Center fellowship program in 2014. She previously covered local government for the Marietta (Georgia) Daily Journal.  She 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.

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