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Monday, February 26, 2024

Two political journalists will discuss the media's effect on the U.S. presidency at UF's Graham Center for Public Service in Pugh Hall at 7 p.m. as part of the center's Presidential Lecture Series.

Matt Bai, a political writer for The New York Times Magazine, and Joe Trippi, a Democratic campaign worker and author of "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Democracy, the Internet and the Overthrow of Everything," were chosen by former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham to participate in the series. Graham will also attend the forum, which will be moderated by Tom Fiedler, former executive editor of The Miami Herald.

Michael Bowen, assistant director of the Graham Center, said Bai and Trippi would compare old and new forms of media and how they could impact the upcoming presidency.

"These are two guys who are very much in the front lines of both," Bowen said.

Although Bai has his own news blog, he represents traditional media as a print journalist, Bowen said. Trippi, who served as Howard Dean's presidential campaign manager in 2004, will represent new media at the event, Bowen added.

He said the event would be a good opportunity for people interested in politics or the media to ask questions and get expert analysis that they wouldn't normally have available to them in a classroom.

"Trippi is an amazing political strategist, and Bai is a very, very well-respected journalist," he said.

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