Journalist in Residence Series: Journalism in Extraordinary Times

UW–Madison’s Journalist in Residence program presents “Journalism in Extraordinary Times,” a series of virtual talks focusing on the complexities reporters face during this unprecedented moment. Each talk will explore what it means to be a journalist in today’s dynamic, deeply consequential news environment, covering beats that range from politics to police reform to climate change during a global pandemic.


Wednesday, October 7 at 4:00 p.m. CT

Wesley Lowery

Join CBS News Correspondent Wesley Lowery for a virtual discussion and Q&A about the challenges and ethics of reporting on racial justice and law enforcement, as well as the problem of “objectivity” in journalism.

Wesley Lowery is a correspondent for “60 in 6,” a 60 Minutes spinoff on the mobile app Quibi, and the author of They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement. Prior to joining CBS News, he was a national correspondent for the Washington Post, where he primarily covered issues of race and justice. He has twice been a member of teams awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and his work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Atlantic and Sports Illustrated and GQ Magazine.

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Wednesday, October 28 at 5:00 p.m. CT

Kendra Pierre-LouisKendra Pierre-Louis from Gimlet Media joins UW–Madison professor Dietram Scheufele for a two-person panel discussion on climate change and climate reporting, as well as how the media and the public discuss and frame controversial topics, including the coronavirus response.

Kendra Pierre-Louis is a climate reporter working for the podcasting company Gimlet. She previously worked at the New York Times and Popular Science and is the author of Green Washed: Why We Can’t Buy Our Way to a Green Planet.

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Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. CT

Maggie HabermanNew York Times journalist Maggie Haberman will be a part of this virtual discussion about the complexities of covering policy and politics during the 2020 presidential election and historic COVID-19 pandemic.

Maggie Haberman is the New York Times White House correspondent who joined The Times in 2015 and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for reporting on Donald Trump’s advisers and their connections to Russia.Before joining The Times as a campaign correspondent, she worked as a political reporter at Politico, from 2010 to 2015. She previously worked at other publications, including The New York Post and The New York Daily News.

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