In the final days before the presidential elections, political analyst and journalist Jamal Simmons will join the campus community for a close look at the race between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney in a President’s Forum address. Simmons will speak from his experience as a news analyst during his public talk on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
In addition to his work with numerous major news networks, Simmons serves as a strategic and communications leader to The Raben Group in Washington, D.C. As a principal at the group, Simmons has helped corporate and non-profit clients resolve issues concerning public relations and media. His clients include AARP, The California Endowment and the Internet Innovation Alliance.
His work as a political analyst with CNN saw him as a major figure during the 2008 presidential election. Throughout the 2010 congressional election, his political and media savvy were a prominent feature of the CBS News coverage.
After years spent aiding local campaigns in his hometown of Detroit, Simmons joined the 1992 Clinton campaign. With U.S. Trade Representative and Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor, he was made a political appointee during the first Clinton Administration.
Simmons served as deputy communications director for Al Gore during his presidential campaign, and acted as a spokesperson for Gore during the Florida recount. His work has also extended to acting as a traveling press secretary to presidential candidates Bob Graham and Wesley Clark, and advising the Democratic National Committee on the 2008 Obama/Biden campaign.
Simmons’ successful career has also included work organizing international events on behalf of the Clinton administration, and working on events such as the We Are the Future charity concert in 2004 and Al Gore’s Live Earth concert in 2007. He has been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, GQ and Politico.
A recipient of the Presidential Award of Distinction, Simmons graduated from Morehouse College in 2009, and earned his master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.