Monday, October 27, 2008

Prize-Winning Journalists Discuss Power, Politics and 'Pennsylvania Avenue' at Washington College

Chestertown, MD — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists John Harwood of The New York Timesand Gerald F. Seib of The Wall Street Journal will present "Pennsylvania Avenue: Where Will the Power Be in 2009?" at Washington College's Casey Academic Center Forum on Wednesday, November 12, at 7 p.m.

Harwood and Seib are co-authors of the newly published Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power; a booksigning will follow their talk.

The New York Times hailed Pennsylvania Avenue as a major new work of Washington-insider journalism: "Through a series of sharp vignettes and character sketches, the authors ... take the reader behind some of the more imposing facades along the refurbished road, introducing the famous and not-so-famous, and explaining how business gets done in the new Washington. Though they accept the common view that the old rules have changed, their analysis is fresh and stimulating."

Pennsylvania Avenue, the 1.2-mile stretch between the White House and the Capitol, is where the influential and ambitious congregate. Party strategists, money men, policy-makers, fixers, socialites, lobbyists, spinners, deal-makers—they're all part of the great political transformations that have altered in a fundamental way the relationship between Americans and their government. A new class of politician and radically different ways of conducting business now exist in Washington. Harwood and Seib offer analysis of master players on both sides of the political divide.

Harwood is the chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and a political writer for The New York Times. He began his career at The St. Petersburg Times, where he served as state capital correspondent, Washington correspondent and political editor. He was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and subsequently spent 16 years at The Wall Street Journal, covering the White House, Congress and national politics. In addition to CNBC, Harwood also frequently appears on MSNBC, "NBC Nightly News," "Meet the Press" and PBS' "Washington Week."

Seib is an assistant managing editor and the executive Washington editor of The Wall Street Journal. He writes the paper's "Capital Journal" column and is a regular commentator on Washington affairs for CNBC and Fox Business Network. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Merriman Smith Award, the Aldo Beckman Award, the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize, Georgetown University's Edward Weintal Prize for his coverage of the Gulf War, and the William Allen White Award of the University of Kansas. Along with Harwood, Seib was part of the Wall Street Journal team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in the breaking-news category for its coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The November 12 presentation is part of Washington College's Harwood Lecture Series in American Journalism. The series was established to honor the distinguished career of the lateWashington Post columnist and ombudsman Richard Harwood (John Harwood's father), who served as a trustee and a lecturer in journalism at the College. Speakers in the series have included such political and media figures as Karl Rove, Howard Dean, Robert Novak, John McCain, James Carville, Judy Woodruff, Al Hunt, Mark Shields, and Paul Gigot.

Admission to "Pennsylvania Avenue: Where Will the Power Be in 2009?" is free and open to the public.

October 27, 2008

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