September 1, 2019 at 6:15 pm

Contemporary History | “Breaking news in Washington and with the Trump administration,” Sept. 24

The Contemporary History Institute hosts a talk by Ohio University alum Ray Locker on “Breaking news in Washington and with the Trump administration,” on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 4:30 p.m. in Baker 242.

This event is co-hosted by the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

No administration in recent memory has broken so many of the traditional rules of American politics, governance and Washington than that of President Donald Trump. His use of social media, starting with Twitter, has allowed him to control much of the spot news agenda, and his public affairs operation is essentially useless in terms of providing information. But opportunities to break original stories remain, even if the White House is not cooperative. Enterprising journalists can use documents, data and other sources to break original work, drive the news and bring about change. Following the money, avoiding spin and casting a skeptical eye at forces on all sides make covering the White House and Washington happen.

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Ray Locker is an author and journalist based in Washington. He has worked as an editor and reporter for USA TODAY, the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Tampa Tribune and Montgomery Advertiser. He has a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio University and a B.A. in political science from the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of two books about the administration of President Richard Nixon – Nixon’s Gamble: How A President’s Own Secret Government Destroyed His Administration and Haig’s Coup: How Richard Nixon’s Closest Aide Forced Him from Office.

CHI has a full slate of public talks and discussions on offer this fall semester. The institute welcomes back two alumni (one History Ph.D. and one History B.A.) and brings a host of renowned scholars and authors to the Ohio University campus.

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