The Kalb Report: Guardians of the Fourth Estate

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron Join Marvin Kalb for Oct. 16 National Press Club Forum

The President of the United States has challenged the legitimacy of journalism. What is his intent and can he succeed? What is the proper response from the journalistic community? Are some news organizations “out to get him” as backers of the president have alleged? Is President Trump actually good for the news business that he routinely assails?

While the president has riled up his base by repeatedly accusing venerable news organizations of peddling “fake news” and being “enemies of the American people,” two of nation’s most respected newspapers—The New York Times and The Washington Post—are experiencing record numbers of digital subscriptions.

On October 16, at the National Press Club, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron will join moderator Marvin Kalb to discuss the administration’s threats to press freedom and the extraordinary relationship between the president of the United States and the media.

The Kalb Report: Guardians of the Fourth Estate will take place in the main ballroom of the National Press Club (14th & F Street, NW, Washington, DC) at 8 p.m. on Monday, October 16.

“The Post and the Times set the agenda for our nation’s journalism–always have, in a way,” said Kalb. “But now more than ever, they flash a daily spotlight on the Trump administration, producing insight and perspective essential for the American people at this troublesome time. Hooray for freedom of the press! When the press is free, we are all free.”

The Kalb Report series is produced jointly by The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center, University of Maryland University College and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. For the 15th consecutive year, the series is underwritten by a grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Since 1994, the partnership has produced 94 forums with guests including Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Rupert Murdoch, Diane Sawyer, Roger Ailes, Katie Couric, Bill O’Reilly, Bob Costas, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Hillary Clinton, David McCullough, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, and Walter Cronkite.

The Kalb Report was most recently honored with a Gold World Medal in the 2015 New York Festivals International Radio Awards competition for its program Writing History: Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Journalism’s Finest Hour.

In 2012, the series received the overall Grand Award in the New York Festivals for Anchoring 911, The Day and the Decade with Charles Gibson, Brit Hume, Dan Rather, and Frank Sesno.

The Kalb Report series is distributed nationally by American Public Television. Oklahoma Educational Television Authority serves as the presenting station. The series also airs on Maryland Public Television, Sirius-XM Satellite Radio, Federal News Radio in Washington, D.C., and District of Columbia Cable Television. Each program is streamed live at press.org.

Moderator Marvin Kalb is Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and senior advisor to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. In a distinguished 30-year career in journalism, Mr. Kalb served as chief diplomatic correspondent for 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 15 books including two best-selling novels. His latest book is “Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine and the New Cold War.”

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, and a member of the National Press Club Board of Governors. He is the former general manager of CBS Radio Network News, and a former managing editor of United Press International. He has earned more than 85 honors for journalistic excellence including 14 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

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