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The Media and Society

THE PUBLIC GOOD: Knowledge as the Foundation for a Democratic Society

Saturday Afternoon, April 28, 2007

Click here for audio of introduction by Sharon Percy Rockefeller (2 min.)
Click here for audio of discussion among the chair and panelists (65 min.)

Introduction: 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.
Chair:   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.

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  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.

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