Journalist Ben Bradlee Jr. to Speak April 15 at Cal Poly

Former Boston Globe reporter-editor to discuss 2016 and 2020 elections and President Trump’s attacks on the media

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Journalism and Political Science departments will host journalist and author Ben Bradlee Jr. for a campus talk about President Donald Trump on Monday, April 15. 

Bradlee will discuss who voted for candidate Trump and why in 2016, the president’s performance in office — especially his repeated attacks on the media as “the enemy of the American people” — and the prospects for the 2020 election. 

The talk will take place at 7 p.m. in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 101, in the heart of campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Bradlee’s new book, released in October, is “The Forgotten: How the People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America.” It is an in-depth, closely reported examination of Trump voters in Pennsylvania’s Luzerne County, a swing county in the northeastern section of the state, which played a pivotal role in Trump’s election and victory in the Keystone State. 

A question-and-answer period will follow the talk, and books will be available for sale and signing.

Bradlee previously visited campus for a talk on “Journalism @ 100: Why It Matters Today More than Ever” during the Journalism Department’s Centennial Celebration in 2016.

About Ben Bradlee Jr.
Bradlee is the former managing editor of The Boston Globe, whose investigations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church were chronicled in the film, "Spotlight," a major feature film released in fall 2015 that won Academy Awards for best original screenplay and best picture. Bradlee was portrayed in the film by actor John Slattery. Bradlee spent 25 years, from 1979 to 2004, with The Globe — 10 years as a reporter and 15 as an editor. He covered the 1988 presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis and also reported overseas from Afghanistan, South Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Vietnam.

Ben Bradlee headshot

About the Cal Poly Journalism Department
Cal Poly’s Journalism Department offers a professional program that prepares students for real-world careers. Beginning with core courses that establish a strong foundation in the field, journalism majors then focus on media specializations of their choice. Students have the opportunity to acquire practical experience by working for the department’s converged media center, newspaper, campus radio and TV station, or the student public relations agency.  

About the Cal Poly Political Science Department
The Cal Poly Political Science Department prepares its graduates to be informed, active and responsible citizens. The program emphasizes the comprehension of political thinking, communication and analytical skills and the understanding of cultural diversity. Students are routinely offered internship opportunities in a range of high-profile companies across the nation, as well as local, state and federal government organizations such as the State Department and the U.S. Congress.

Contact: Mary Glick

April 4, 2019

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