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Sharon Percy Rockefeller (2 min.)
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the chair and panelists (65 min.)
Sharon Percy Rockefeller has been President
and Chief Executive Officer of WETA, Washington, D.C.’s flagship public television
and radio stations, since 1989. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting for twelve years, including four years as Chairman.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of PBS. She serves on the boards of PepsiCo,
the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Colonial Williamsburg
Foundation. She is a recipient of the Charles Frankel Prize by the National Endowment
for the Humanities; the Distinguished Broadcaster Award; the Women of Vision Award
from the Women in Film and Video; and the CINE Lifetime Achievement Award.
She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Kathleen Hall Jamieson is Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Com-munication
at the Annenberg School for Communication and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director
of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She is
the author, co-author, or editor of fifteen books, including unSpun: Finding Facts
in a World of Disinformation; The 2000 Presidential Election and the Foundations
of Party Politics; The Press Effect; and Everything You Think You
Know About Politics . . . and Why You’re Wrong. During the 2004
general election, she regularly appeared on NOW with Bill Moyers and The Newshour.
She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a member of the
American Philosophical Society.
Tom Brokaw is Special Correspondent for NBC News, where he
served as anchor and managing editor of the NBC Nightly News. Recently
honored with a Peabody Award, he is also the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow and
Emmy awards for Lifetime Achievement, as well as the Sylvanus Thayer Award of the
United States Military Academy at West Point. He is the author of The Greatest Generation;
The Greatest Generation Speaks; An Album of Memories: Personal Histories
from the Greatest Generation; and A Long Way from Home: Growing Up in the American
Heartland. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Gwen Ifill is Moderator and Managing Editor of Washington Week
and Senior Correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Before coming
to PBS, she spent five years at NBC News as Chief Congressional and Political Correspondent.
Prior to NBC, she covered the White House and politics for The New York Times
and national and local affairs for The Washington Post, The Baltimore Evening
Sun, and the Boston Herald American. She serves on the board of
the Harvard University Institute of Politics, the Committee to Protect Journalists,
the Museum of Television and Radio, and the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill
College of Journalism. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.