UD in D.C.: The Role of Media in Today's Political Climate

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

UD in D.C.: The Role of Media in Today's Political Climate

Wednesday, April 4  |  6:15 – 9:00 p.m.

The National Press Club (529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20045)

Learn what is and is not taboo to talk about in the media today, how to strategically navigate the political landscape and the role persuasion plays in political discourse. This exciting evening will be held at the iconic National Press Club and hosted by UD’s Washington, D.C. Alumni Club and The Center for Political Communication.

Our Distinguished Panelists (see bios below):
Nancy Karibjanian, AS80, Director, Center for Political Communication, University of Delaware (Moderator)
Paul Kane, AS92, Congressional Correspondent, The Washington Post
Leo Shane, AS98, Columnist, Military Times
Robin Sproul, Biden Institute Senior Advisory Board Member; Executive Vice President at Javelin; Former VP and Washington Bureau Chief at ABC News
Dianna Colasurdo, AS09, former Senior Account Executive at Twitter

Cost: $25
Heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks will be served.
This event is open to Blue Hens & friends over the age of 21 only.

Delaware Diamonds Society (DDS) Donors are invited to participate in an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the historic National Press Club prior to the event!

6:00 p.m. - Registration Opens for Delaware Diamond Society and Behind-the-Scenes Tour
6:15 p.m. - Registration Opens for All & Networking Reception Begins
7:00 p.m. - Speaking Program
8:15 - 9:00 p.m. - Post-Program Networking Reception

Please register by March 26.

Refund deadline is Wednesday, March 21 at 4:00 p.m.

Special thanks to the UD Alumni Association for their generous support of this event!


Our Distinguished Guest Panelists & Moderator:


Nancy-Karibjanian.jpgNancy Karibjanian, AS80, Director, UD Center for Political Communication
Nancy Karibjanian brings 30 years of experience in broadcast journalism to the University. Her broadcasting career includes anchoring, reporting, producing and news staff management. She has covered presidential campaigns, elections, and moderated numerous Delaware political debates; including the 2010 U.S. Senate debate which received worldwide attention. Ms. Karibjanian has interviewed members of the U.S.Congress, governors, corporate CEOs, and countless Delaware newsmakers. She also is known for her reporting on remarkable Delawareans outside the limelight. She is part of the core group of journalists who founded Delaware Public Media and launched the state’s first native NPR station, WDDE. A 1980 graduate of the University of Delaware, Ms. Karibjanian earned her degree in Communication and was inducted to the Alumni Wall of Fame in 2011. 


Paul KanePaul Kane, AS92, Senior Congressional Reporter and Columnist, Washington Post
Paul Kane has covered Congress since 2000, when he started at Roll Call with a beat focused on the Senate leadership agenda. He started with The Washington Post in 2007, covering topics such as the congressional response to the 2008 financial crisis and the Obama-Republican fiscal wars. He now writes a regular column on Congress and its interactions with the Trump administration. He is the winner of the 2004 Everett McKinley Dirksen award for distinguished coverage of Congress, and was runner-up for the Dirksen award in 2006. Kane grew up in Maple Glen, PA, in Montgomery County, and went to La Salle high school. His first job in Washington was writing for a regional news service that covered the nation's capital for small and mid-size newspapers that did not have their own correspondent in Washington.
Leo ShaneLeo Shane, AS98, Capitol Hill and White House Bureau Chief, Military Times
Leo Shane III is an award-winning military and veterans affairs reporter whose work has drawn national recognition from policy leaders, media peers and troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, who rely on his insight as an objective voice on issues affecting their lives. He has worked in Washington, D.C. since 2004, covering Capitol Hill and the White House. His beats include legislation affecting military policy and veterans issues. His work also includes overseas coverage of military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Chile and Ecuador. He has become a prominent voice on veteran’s issues, chronicling troops' transition back to civilian life and the challenges facing the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2010, Shane was part of a team of reporters who received a Polk Award and a National Headliner Award for stories that revealed the military's practice of profiling journalists in Afghanistan in an attempt to steer coverage of the war. Prior to his national work, Shane covered state and local politics for newspapers in Ohio, Illinois and Philadelphia.
Robin SproulRobin Sproul, Biden Institute Senior Advisory Board Member; Executive Vice President at Javelin; Former VP and Washington Bureau Chief at ABC News
Robin Sproul held the position of Vice President at ABC News for 25 years. For 21 of those years she served as Washington bureau chief, a role in which she supervised Washington coverage on the network’s TV, radio, and digital platforms, and served as the news division’s liaison to the federal government. Most recently, she focused on the network’s political debates and interviews, polling, and external relations in Washington, and she was the Executive in Charge of This Week with George Stephanopoulos. A well-known and respected journalist in Washington, Sproul is also an active member of the Gridiron Club, often producing musical skits for the annual white tie dinner. She has served as chairman of the National Press Foundation Board, is a member of the Harvard Kennedy School Joan Shorenstein Center Advisory Board, and was a member of the Newseum Advisory Board and the Radio-Television News Directors Foundation board. She was an original member of the Department of Justice’s Media Dialogue Group. She was a Fellow at Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center in 2007, and a Punch Sulzberger News Media Fellow at Columbia University in 2011. In her tenure at ABC News, Sproul led teams winning Emmy, Peabody and DuPont Columbia awards. She has personally been recognized with numerous awards for leadership and support of the First Amendment and also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Press Club Foundation in March 2018.
Dianna ColasurdoDianna Colasurdo, former Senior Account Executive at Twitter
Dianna Colasurdo was a Senior Account Executive at Twitter in Washington, D.C., where she advised top political, advocacy and government organizations about the power of social media promotion. As part of that role, Colasurdo fuses her deep knowledge of the current digital landscape with a passion for advocacy and politics in order to develop campaigns that enhance the online presence of her clients. An emerging leader in politics and government-focused social media strategy, Colasurdo has served as a featured speaker at the White House's Youth Digital Engagement Summit, been featured on CBS This Morning and was highlighted as a "Woman in Tech" as part of All Women in Tech's 2014 campaign. She was most recently featured by Women on the Map, and is a board member for the Friends of Lombardi, a philanthropic organization working to raise funds for rare cancers on behalf of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Research Center.

Please register by March 29.

Refund deadline is Wednesday, March 21 at 4:00 p.m.

Special thanks to the UD Alumni Association for their generous support of this event!

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