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2016’s Campaign of Surprises: The Press and the Primaries

April 18, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location University Hall - 7th floor Conference Center
SponsorSchool of Communication and MediaCostThe event is free and open to the public.Posted InSchool of Communication and Media
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How has the media influenced the race for the presidency? In what ways has Donald Trump used the press to grow his campaign? Is it proper for the media to play the controlling role in determining the rules of debates? Join us for an insightful discussion of the media’s influence on the 2016 presidential primaries.

Hosted by the School of Communication and Media and moderated by Director Merrill Brown, the evening will feature a panel of media experts including:

Brian Stelter is the host of Reliable Sources, which examines the week's top media stories every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. ET on CNN/U.S, and the senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide. Stelter reports and writes for CNN/U.S., CNN International,, and on a regular basis. Prior to joining CNN in November 2013, Stelter was a media reporter at The New York Times. Starting in 2007, he covered television and digital media for the Business Day and Arts section of the newspaper. He was also a lead contributor to theMedia Decoder blog. In January 2004, while he was still a freshman in college, Stelter created TV Newser, a blog dedicated to coverage of the television news industry. He sold it to in July 2004, but continued to edit and write for the blog during the next three years until he graduated college and joined The New York Times. Stelter published The New York Times best-selling book, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV (2013), about the competitive world of morning news shows. He was featured in the 2011 documentary, Page One: Inside the New York Times, directed by Andrew Rossi. He has been named to Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30: Media" lists for the past three years. Stelter graduated with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Journalism from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2007. He is on the board of Baltimore Student Media, a nonprofit that publishes Towson's independent student newspaper, The Towerlight.


Timothy L. O'Brien is an award-winning author and journalist with more than 20 years of experience at leading media enterprises, including Bloomberg LPThe New York Times,Wall Street Journal and HuffPost. He's currently the executive editor of Bloomberg LP's two premier public policy, politics and business commentary platforms: View and Gadfly. O'Brien edited a series on wounded war veterans that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. He's also the recipient of a 1999 Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism and is the author of three books. O'Brien was a reporter and a senior editor atThe New York Times, where he oversaw the Sunday Business section and helped lead a team of reporters that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in Public Service for a series of articles about the 2008 financial crisis. The same series received a Loeb Award in 2009. O'Brien is the author of two non-fiction books, TrumpNationThe Art of Being the Donald and Bad Bet: The Inside Story of the Glamour, Glitz and Danger of America's Gambling Industry. He is also the author of an historical novel, The Lincoln Conspiracy. O'Brien has an undergraduate degree in English from Georgetown University and three graduate degrees -- in History, Journalism and Business -- from Columbia University. Donald Trump sued O'Brien for libel in 2006. Trump lost.


Brian Carovillano is vice president for U.S. News at The Associated Press in New York. Carovillano joined AP in 2000 and worked as a reporter and editor in Rhode Island, Boston and San Francisco. In 2008 he became regional editor for the southern U.S., based in Atlanta and overseeing operations and coverage across 13 states. He led AP's award-winning coverage of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2010, he moved to Bangkok, Thailand to lead AP's journalism in the Asia-Pacific region. His tenure saw AP expand its footprint in the region by opening new bureaus in North Korea and Myanmar, and win awards for its coverage of Japan's 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. In 2014, Carovillano became managing editor for U.S. News, overseeing bureaus and regional hubs across the 50 U.S. states. He worked at newspapers in New Hampshire and Massachusetts before joining The Associated Press. He is a graduate of Maine's Colby College and a 2010 Sulzberger Fellow at Columbia University.