The Kalb Report – The Press and the Presidency: It’s Complicated!

Event will be held on Monday, June 1, 8 p.m., at the National Press Club

From Thomas Jefferson, who maintained that advertisements were the “most truthful part of a newspaper,” to Jimmy Carter, who lamented that his ancestors included “thieves . . . and journalists,” the relationship between our presidents and the press has been a long and tumultuous affair.

On this edition of The Kalb Report, experts from both sides of the White House gates join moderator Marvin Kalb to discuss the sometimes nasty but always necessary relationship between the president of the United States and the press corps. Guests include former ABC News White House Correspondent Ann Compton; Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry; USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page; former White House press secretary Mike McCurry; and historian Harold Holzer, author of Lincoln and the Power of the Press.

“From Washington to Lincoln to Obama, the play goes on: every president needing or needling the press, an uncomfortable but essential twosome, as the president informs the public through the press,” commented Kalb. “But these days questions arise, and answers are required. I’m looking forward to this exchange.”

The Kalb Report will take place on Monday, June 1, at 8 p.m. ET, in the main ballroom of the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, in Washington, D.C.

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The Kalb Report series is co-produced by The National Press Club Journalism Institute, University of Maryland University College, the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at University of Maryland.

For the 12th consecutive year, the series is underwritten by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Since 1994, the partnership has produced 87 forums with guests including Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Walter Cronkite, Rupert Murdoch, Diane Sawyer, Roger Ailes, Katie Couric, Bill O’Reilly, Bob Costas, Hillary Clinton, Ken Burns, and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel. In 2012, The Kalb Report was honored with the overall Grand Award in the New York Festivals International Radio Awards competition.

The Kalb Report series is distributed nationally by American Public Television. Oklahoma Educational Television Authority serves as the presenting station. The Kalb Report also airs on the public radio channels of Sirius—XM Satellite Radio, Federal News Radio in Washington, D.C. (1500 AM), District of Columbia Cable Television, University of Maryland Cable Television, and NewsChannel 8 in Washington, D.C. Each program is also streamed live by the National Press Club at press.org.

Moderator Marvin Kalb is Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a senior advisor to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Over the course of his distinguished 30-year career in broadcast journalism, Mr. Kalb served as chief diplomatic correspondent for both CBS News and NBC News and moderator of Meet the Press. He went on to serve as the founding director of Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Among his many honors are two Peabody Awards, the DuPont Prize from Columbia University, the 2006 Fourth Estate Award from the National Press Club, and more than a half-dozen Overseas Press Club awards. Mr. Kalb has authored or co-authored 13 nonfiction books and two best-selling novels. His latest book is The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed.

Executive Producer Michael Freedman is a senior vice president and professor of the practice at University of Maryland University College, as well as a professorial lecturer in journalism at the George Washington University. Mr. Freedman is the former general manager of CBS Radio Network News and former managing editor for the broadcast division of United Press International. He is the recipient of more than 85 honors for journalistic excellence, including 14 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Senior Producer Heather Date is an associate vice president at University of Maryland University College and a former CNN producer. She is the recipient of the Alliance for Women in Media’s 2011 Gracie Award for Outstanding Producer of a News Program for her work on The Kalb Report.

The Kalb Report series is directed by Robert Vitarelli, a 39-year CBS News veteran and a Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award winner.