Community Conversations

Phoenix, AZ
Friday, February 01, 2013
Community Conversations
Friday, February 01, 2013 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM (Mountain Time)

Cronkite School - Cronkite Theater (2nd Floor)
555 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications has teamed up with The Arizona Republic to present “Politics and the Press,” the first in a series of community conversations designed to bring depth and context to topics of interest to Arizonans.

Former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl

The Feb. 1 event will feature USA TODAY Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, who will discuss the nine presidential campaigns she has covered. Her talk is titled “After Nine Presidential Campaigns: Don’t Miss the Bus and Other Lessons Learned.”

Also featured are Cronkite professor and vice president-at-large of The Washington Post Leonard Downie Jr.; 12 News anchor Brahm Resnik; Republic columnists E.J. Montini and Laurie Roberts; Republic political cartoonist Steve Benson; and columnist Robert Robb, who will engage former U.S. Senator and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl in a conversation about political coverage. 

The day-long event will be held at the Cronkite School’s state-of-the-art journalism facility on the ASU Downtown campus, and participants also will have the opportunity to watch a taping of “Sunday Square-off” at Republic Media, home of The Arizona Republic, 12 News and, located near the school.  The event will open with a continental breakfast and close with a reception at the Cronkite School.

“Community Conversations” is designed to add depth and insight into topics of interest to the community, providing members of the public the opportunity to hear from journalists and public figures. Sessions will be interactive and will include panels, interviews and question-and-answer sessions.

Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

Proceeds will benefit the education and training of student and professional journalists.


8-8:30 a.m. Registration, continental breakfast, First Amendment Forum, Cronkite School
8:30-8:40 a.m Welcome and introductions, Robert Robb, Arizona Republic columnist, Cronkite First Amendment Forum
8:40-9:40 a.m. Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan interviews Leonard Downie Jr.,Cronkite professor and vice president-at-large of The Washington Post, on the evolution of political coverage, followed by Q & A, Cronkite First Amendment Forum
9:40 a.m. Walk to The Arizona Republic, meet on the first floor lobby, Cronkite School
10-11:15 a.m. Taping of "Sunday Square-Off" with 12 News Anchor Brahm Resnik at The Arizona Republic
11:15-noon Tour of The Arizona Republic
Noon to 1 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:15-2:20 p.m. Arizona Republic Columnist Robert Robb interviews  former U.S. Senator and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, followed by Q & A, Cronkite First Amendment Forum
2:20-3:20 p.m. Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief of USA TODAY, gives keynote on current national political coverage, followed by Q & A, Cronkite First Amendment Forum
3:20-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30-4:45 p.m. "Tales from the Trail" panel with Republic Columnists E.J. Montini and Laurie Roberts and Political Cartoonist Steve Benson, followed by Q & A, Cronkite First Amendment Forum
4:45-5:30 p.m. Reception and viewing of The Associated Press photo exhibit "The American President," First Amendment Forum, Cronkite School; optional tour of Cronkite School

A second “Community Conversations on sports and the media is planned for March. 



Contact Information

  • Catalina Monsalve
    Cronkite School

Payment Instructions

  • The cost for the event is $150.  We accept checks and most major credit cards.
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