Former White House correspondent Richard Benedetto will talk about his political journalism career while on the Grinnell College campus during the week of May 2 as part of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program. Benedetto will visit English, political science and history classes throughout the week, have informal meetings with students, and give two free public lectures.
• Mon., May 2, 7:30 p.m.: Benedetto will discuss “What It’s Like to Cover the White House,” based on his 40-year career.
• Tues., May 3, 4:15 p.m.: Benedetto will offer his perspectives on “Political Coverage: Who Are the Media Talking To, Voters or Themselves?”
Both lectures will be held in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus.
Benedetto was a founding staff member of USA Today and wrote the paper’s first cover story. In addition to reporting on the White House and national politics, he wrote a weekly political column for the Gannett News Service, covering every presidential campaign from 1984-2004. Retired since 2006, he continues his involvement in journalism as a consultant for C-Span and as an adjunct faculty member at American University’s School of Public Affairs.
The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program brings to campus prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, and business leaders to make connections between the academic and non-academic worlds. Benedetto’s Grinnell lectures are sponsored by the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights. For more information about the program, contact Sarah Purcell, director, purcelsj[at]grinnell[dot]edu, 641-269-3091. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please contact641-269-3235 as soon as possible to make a request.