In the days leading up to and following Election Night’s historic victory speech by President-Elect Barack Obama, USA Today‘s Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page has served as one of the leading journalists covering Election 2008. She is the most widely read political correspondent in the country and has been at the center of world-changing decisions and pivotal transformations in politics. Page has written on Washington through seven presidential elections, four White House administrations and has interviewed the past seven U.S. presidents. On Tuesday, Nov.18, Page brought her experience and expertise from Washington to Geneva, where she delivered the semester’s third President’s Forum Series lecture in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
Since the election on November 4, Page has been covering the congressional race, giving honest, detailed analyses of the recent Congressional switch of many states from Republican to Democratic leaders. She also reports on the White House and national politics; regularly guest-hosts “The Diane Rehm Show,” a public-affairs call-in program syndicated on NPR stations across the country; and appears as an analyst on PBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other broadcast outlets.
The winner of many journalism awards, honors and appointments, she was onsite to cover the Three Mile Island nuclear mishap hours after it was reported; traveled extensively in Southeast Asia to chronicle the exodus of Vietnamese “boat people;” sat down to dinner with Richard Nixon to hear him critique Ronald Reagan’s reelection campaign; interviewed physicist Stephen Hawking, and much more.
A native of Wichita, Kan., she received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, where she was editor-in-chief of the Daily Northwestern. She received a master’s degree from Columbia University, where she was a Pulitzer Fellow. In 1995, she joined USA Today as a White House correspondent after covering the beat for Newsday.
The President’s Forum Series, established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty, staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members. Forum guests generally take the opportunity to visit classes or gather with students and faculty members to discuss issues. Many people have one-on-one interaction with the speakers for the exchange of ideas or thoughts.
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