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Following the inauguration of Donald Trump, this special J-Talk explores the role of media in a time where many feel anxious, vulnerable and subject to legitimized hate—or, on the other extreme, ignored by the mainstream media altogether. How should journalists best report on this populist president who has sought to demonize and bypass the media?
Our discussion featured breakout journalism stars of the U.S. election: Susanne Craig, the New York Times investigative reporter who got the scoop on Donald Trump’s tax returns; David Fahrenthold, the Washington Post reporter who exposed Trump’s charitable activities, and Daniel Dale, Toronto Star’s Washington bureau chief, who broke new ground in daily fact-checking of Trump’s statements. Neil Macdonald, columnist for CBC News, moderated this discussion about the role of journalists in these uncertain times.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Doors open 6:30 p.m. | Discussion 7:00 p.m.
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (Jane Mallett Theatre)
27 Front Street East, Toronto
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
SUSANNE CRAIG is an investigative reporter for The New York Times. She joined the paper in 2010 and has been covering Donald Trump and his finances since early 2016. She is the reporter who received portions of his 1995 tax returns in her mailbox. Craig, a Canadian, has also worked at The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail and The Financial Post. At The Journal, Craig was the lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. She is the recipient of a National Newspaper Award and a Michener Award. @susannecraig
DAVID A. FAHRENTHOLD is part of a team at The Washington Post covering Donald Trump's businesses, and potential conflicts of interest for Trump and his aides. While covering the 2016 presidential campaign for the Post, he exposed revelations--much of it with help from callouts on Twitter--about Trump's charitable giving. He has been at the Post since 2000, and previously covered Congress, the federal bureaucracy, the environment, and the D.C. police. @fahrenthold
DANIEL DALE is the Washington bureau chief for the Toronto Star. Dale covered Mayor Rob Ford’s administration from 2010 to 2014 as a reporter and city hall bureau chief. He won the Goff Penny Award for Canada’s best young journalist in 2010 and 2011 and a National Newspaper Award for short features in 2012. He is a graduate of York University’s Schulich School of Business and a native of Thornhill. @ddale8
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
NEIL MACDONALD is an Ottawa-based opinion columnist with CBC News. Previously, he was CBC News' senior Washington, D.C. correspondent. In the course of a career that began in 1976, Macdonald has covered six elections and six prime ministers. He joined CBC News in 1988 following 12 years in newspapers and was initially assigned to Parliament Hill, where he reported on federal politics for CBC News The National. Before taking up his post in Washington in March 2003, Macdonald reported from the Middle East for five years. He speaks English and French fluently, and some Arabic. @NeilCBC
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