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Connie Walker and Lydia Polgreen in Conversation: The State of the Media

9 November 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

$10 – $20

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In a recent New York Times opinion piece, journalist Lydia Polgreen highlights a growing division between “news haves and have-nots.”

While subscription-based news sources and user-supported independent outlets provide diverse options for engaged news consumers, media consolidation and downsizing in free-access platforms result in a diminishing range of choices. This leaves those who don’t pay for news to navigate a fractured information ecosystem that includes declining television news, social media, partisan outlets, and AI-generated news.

This has far-reaching implications for society and democracy. Join Pulitzer and Peabody award-winning journalist Connie Walker and Polgreen as they explore the current media landscape and its profound impact on our society and democratic values.

This in-person event featured Lydia Polgreen, of the New York Times in conversation with Pulitzer and Peabody award-winning journalist Connie Walker of Gimlet Media on the 54th floor of the TD Centre. 

View video of the event on CPAC.


About the Speakers

Lydia Polgreen

Lydia Polgreen became an Opinion columnist for The New York Times in 2022. She is also a host on the weekly Opinion podcast, “Matter of Opinion.”

Ms. Polgreen previously served as managing director of Gimlet, a podcast studio at Spotify, and as editor in chief of HuffPost, leading a team of hundreds of journalists publishing 16 editions across the globe in nine languages.

She joined HuffPost in January 2017 after a 15-year career at The New York Times that included roles as associate masthead editor, deputy international editor, South Africa bureau chief, correspondent for the New Delhi bureau and chief of the West Africa bureau. Before joining The Times, Ms. Polgreen was a staff writer for The Orlando Sentinel and The Albany Times Union.

Ms. Polgreen was a 2006 recipient of the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, in recognition of her travels deep into the war-torn western regions of Sudan to report on the carnage in Darfur.  She received the 2008 Livingston Award for international reporting for her series “The Spoils,” an account of how the scramble for Africa’s mineral wealth has brought misery and exploitation. In 2011 she was awarded the Columbia University Medal for Excellence.

Ms. Polgreen grew up in Kenya, Ghana and Minnesota. She currently resides in New York with her wife.

Connie Walker

Connie Walker (Cree) is a Pulitzer and Peabody award-winning investigative journalist and host of the Gimlet Media podcast Stolen: Surviving St. Michael’s.

In 2021, Connie launched the acclaimed podcast series Stolen: The Search for Jermain which was featured in Vanity Fair, The Rolling Stone, Vulture and The New York Times.

Prior to joining Gimlet Media, Walker hosted the CBC News podcast Missing & Murdered, which focuses on the unsolved cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. In 2018, Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo won the inaugural Best Serialized Story award at the Third Coast International Audio festival. The podcast was also featured in the Columbia Journalism Review, The Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, Chatelaine and was named one of the Best Podcasts of 2018 by Apple Canada.

Walker is a member of the Okanese First Nation in Saskatchewan. She lives with her family in Toronto.





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9 November 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$10 – $20
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