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Prominent Political Journalists to Discuss Upcoming Election in Virtual Event

Peter Baker and Susan Glasser will also discuss their new book, The Man Who Ran Washington.

Posted in: Communication and Media, University

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Peter Baker and Susan Glasser. Photo by Doug Mills

Award-winning journalists and best-selling authors Peter Baker and Susan Glasser will offer political analysis as part of a special virtual event hosted by Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media on Monday, October 19 at 7 p.m.

The free event will provide in-depth presidential election insights from two of the most prominent political commentators in the country. The pair will also discuss their newly released book, The Man Who Ran Washington, a biography of political power broker and U.S. Secretary of State James Baker III.

Peter Baker is the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, and has been responsible for covering four U.S. presidents for both the Times and The Washington Post. He has covered some of the most important stories in American political history, including the impeachment of Donald Trump, George W. Bush’s involvement in the Iraq War, and Ken Starr’s investigation of Bill Clinton. He has authored six books, including the most current release with Glasser, and is a political analyst on MSNBC.

A founder and editor of Politico Magazine, Susan Glasser is a staff writer for The New Yorker and scribes a weekly column on the President and Washington D.C. She has also served in a range of roles for The Washington Post during her career, including as editor of Outlook and national news and co-Moscow Bureau chief along with Baker. She has authored two books and serves as a global affairs analyst for CNN.

The Man Who Ran Washington chronicles both the life of one of America’s most influential political figures and the evolution of America’s Republican party from one of fiscal conservatism to the populist incarnation of Donald Trump.

Lauded by critics for their fascinating examination of history, politics and power, Baker and Glasser provide a window into the man who served as Ronald Reagan’s Chief of Staff and advised close friend and political ally George Bush throughout his political career.

The October 19 discussion will be moderated by School of Communication and Media Director Keith Strudler. Baker and Glasser will discuss the importance of James Baker and also cover a range of topics, including the rise of Donald Trump and his impact on the presidency, the state and future of American democracy, and the upcoming election. After the moderated conversation, questions will be taken from the live virtual audience.

Members and guests of the Montclair State Community are invited to register using the following Zoom link:

The public can watch the event live at the following address:

For more information, please contact School of Communication and Media administrator Debra Daitchman at