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LEWISBURG, Pa. – A panel of national political correspondents from some of the country's most influential newspapers, networks, and magazines will discuss the role that media will play in shaping the upcoming presidential election in The Bucknell Forum.

The group of journalists will discuss "Media and the Citizen's View of the Presidential Campaign" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Trout Auditorium on the Bucknell University campus. The event, which is the second in "The Bucknell Forum: The Citizen & Politics in America," is free and open to the public.

A simulcast of the event and additional seating will be available in the Olin Science Building Auditorium.

The panel is scheduled to include David Chalian of ABC News, Nedra Pickler of The Associated Press, David Greene of National Public Radio, Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times, Roger Simon of The, Karen Tumulty of Time, and John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal. Bucknell Dean of Arts and Sciences Chris Zappe will be the moderator. (See panelist biographies.)

The panel is subject to change.

XM Satellite Radio and WKOK-AM 1070 of Sunbury, Pa., plan to air portions and perhaps the entire panel session on Friday, Oct. 19, and through the weekend. XM will air the talk on its new POTUS '08 Channel 130, which is devoted to news about the presidential election. Details on airtimes will be posted here when they become available.

On Monday, Oct. 22, a Brown Bag Forum will be held at noon in Arches Lounge in the Elaine Langone Center. The forum, titled, "Student Media and Citizenship at Bucknell," will feature Bucknell student editors and reporters. 

Citizen's perspective
"The national media play a significant role in shaping a citizen's perspective on national politics," said Tony Massoud, a Bucknell associate professor of political science and a member of the task force planning the Bucknell Forum. "This is an opportunity for the Bucknell community to hear from some of the country's top journalists about this role and its effect on their coverage of the election."

"The Bucknell Forum: The Citizen & Politics in America" is a national speakers series exploring major issues in the 2008 presidential election, notably those at the forefront of today's national discourse. The series will feature nationally renowned leaders, scholars, and commentators exploring these issues from multi-disciplinary perspectives and offer opportunities for campus and community conversations.

Later this fall, internationally renowned democracy scholar and commentator Benjamin Barber will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Trout Auditorium. His talk, "News as Commodity in an Interdependent World: Can Citizenship Survive?" is free and open to the public.

NBC newsman Tim Russert kicked off the series as the inaugural speaker in September.

Meet the panelists (Full-length biographies here)

David Chalian, ABC News
David Chalian is the political director for ABC News. He co-anchors "Politics Live," a daily political program on ABC News Now, the network's 24-hour digital outlet. He also is a regular contributor to the "This Week All Week" webcast with George Stephanopoulos and provides regular political commentary for ABC News Radio and NewsOne, the network's affiliate news service. Chalian covered the 2004 presidential election cycle from the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary to the national conventions, debates, and election night returns, reporting for all ABC News platforms.

David Greene, National Public Radio
David Greene joined NPR in 2005 as a White House correspondent. His coverage of President George W. Bush and the policies and people at the White House can be heard on NPR programs, including "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered," "Weekend Edition," "Day to Day," and "Talk of the Nation." Greene also covered the White House for The Baltimore Sun during President Bush's first term, reporting on the president's response to the Sept. 11 attacks and his management of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
Jeff Zeleny is a political correspondent in the Washington Bureau of The New York Times. He joined the newspaper in September 2006, covering the midterm elections and the new Democratic majority in Congress. He is a member of the paper’s 2008 presidential campaign team. Zeleny came to The New York Times from the Chicago Tribune, where he worked as the national political correspondent for more than five years. He was the lead writer of the 2004 presidential race. 

Roger Simon,
Roger Simon is the chief political columnist of, and his column is syndicated to newspapers around the country. Simon also has been a columnist for The Baltimore Sun, a White House correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and the political editor of U.S. News & World Report. A New York Times best-selling author, he has won more than three dozen first-place awards and is the only person to win twice the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award for Commentary.

Karen Tumulty, Time Magazine
Karen Tumulty was named a national political correspondent for Time Magazine in 2001. She has written more than 25 cover stories for Time, the most recent of which examined the kickoff to the 2008 presidential campaign, reported on President Bush's role in the 2006 election, and profiled Senator Hillary Clinton. She contributes regularly to's political blog, "Swampland," and has also held positions with Time as congressional correspondent and White House correspondent. Before joining Time, Tumulty spent 14 years with The Los Angeles Times.

John Harwood, The Wall Street Journal and CNBC
John Harwood is chief Washington correspondent of CNBC and senior contributing writer of The Wall Street Journal. Harwood joined The Wall Street Journal in 1991 as White House correspondent, covering the administration of President George H. W. Bush. Harwood writes a weekly column for the newspaper's “Washington Wire,” and oversees The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. In addition to CNBC, Harwood offers political analysis on NBC's "Meet the Press" and PBS's "Washington Week in Review," among other television and radio programs.

Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press
Nedra Pickler joined the national political staff of The Associated Press in 2002 and was the lead reporter covering Democrats in the 2004 presidential election. She worked as a White House correspondent until September 2006, leaving to cover national politics, including the 2008 presidential election.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Oct. 8, 2007
Updated Oct. 17, 2007