Chief White House correspondent for U.S. News & World Report Kenneth T.Â Walsh will examine the role of popular culture and stardom in the ongoing presidential race, with a special emphasis on Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and Donald Trump, as part of Flagler Collegeâ€™s Forum series Nov. 19.
His anecdote-filled presentation, â€œCelebrity in Chief: The Presidents and the Culture of Stardom, and a Look at the 2016 Presidential Race,â€ will be based on his new book by a similar name: â€œCelebrity in Chief: A History ofÂ the Presidents and the Culture of Stardom.â€
â€œThe United States has become in many ways a celebrity-driven society,â€ said Walsh, a veteran journalist and author. â€œThis meansÂ our political leaders need to take part in popular culture, expand their celebrity in positive ways, and channel that celebrity in a manner that increasesÂ leaders’ public appeal andÂ explains and wins support for their agendas.â€
The author of â€œThe Presidencyâ€ column for U.S. News and World Report and writer of a daily blog called â€œKen Walshâ€™s Washingtonâ€ at usnews.com, Walsh won the two most prestigious awards for White House coverage: the Aldo Beckman Award (twice) and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency (three times). In 2006, he won the Fitzwater Prize for Leadership in Public Communication presented by the Fitzwater Center at Franklin Pierce College. He makes frequent television appearances on networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News and C-SPAN, and is often a guest on radio programs across the country. Walsh is also an adjunct professorial instructor at American University in Washington, D.C., has written seven books and has conducted numerous interviews over the years with Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Herbert Walker Bush and Ronald Reagan. He earned a masterâ€™s degree in Communication from American University in Washington, D.C. and a bachelorâ€™s degree in Journalism from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
For more than 30 years, the Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy has invited nationally-recognized journalists and commentators to St. Augustine to discuss issues of importance in regional, state and federal government. All Forums take place in Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., at 7 p.m. Forums are free and open to the public, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
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